The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices

Book - 1997
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A classic work of magical realism, this bestselling novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells the story of Tilo, a young woman from another time who has a gift for the mystical art of spices.

Now immortal, and living in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman, Tilo has set up shop in Oakland, California, where she administers curatives to her customers. But when she's surprised by an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger, she must choose between everlasting life and the vicissitudes of modern society. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy, sorrow, and one special woman's magical powers.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, 1997
ISBN: 9780385482387
Characteristics: 338 p. : ill


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AnnabelleLee27 Nov 29, 2018

A dreamy and unusual tale written in sensual prose. Themes include love, duty, longing, and belonging - and how those themes resonate whether one is an immigrant or a native of the US. I found it different, entertaining and haunting.

Nov 15, 2010

Beautiful mystical-magical-realism novel. The writing is rich and layered, and at times you feel that you can almost smell the spices.

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