Jasmine

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Grove Press, 1999 - Fiction - 241 pages
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When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born. But the force of Jasmine's desires propels her explosively into a larger, more dangerous, and ultimately more life-giving world. In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle-aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee. Jasmine's metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind; but even more powerfully, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her -- our new neighbors, friends, and lovers. In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives. "Rich...one of the most suggestive novels we have about what it is to become an American." -- The New York Times Book Review
 

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User Review  - Aphelion - Goodreads

I was recommended this book following a lecture series on US-Indian literature, and unfortunately, it does not live up to its hype. A young Indian widow's quest to fulfill her late husband's will by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Billie - Goodreads

I hadn't read this in several years and re-read it for a class I'm teaching. I had forgotten how fascinating it is and what a really classic American story it is. Jasmine is a wonderful heroine--not ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

BHARATI MUKHERJEE is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, and numerous essays on immigration and American culture and the co-author, with Clark Blaise, of two books of non-fiction. She is the first naturalized U.S. citizen to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Fiction. She has been a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1989. Follow Bharati on Twitter @missnewindia and become a fan on Facebook.

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