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Cheeran, John. "Book Review: Before We Visit the Goddess." The Times of India, 17 May 2016

Modha, Roopa. "Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Oleander Girl." Urban Asian, 17 May 2013

Chopra, Sonia. "The Vine of Desire." Bookreporter, 24 Jan. 2011

Sawka, Karma. "Sister of My Heart." Mostly Fiction, 13 Apr. 2002

Reale, Michelle. "The Unknown Errors of Our Lives." Rain Taxi, 2001



Salvi, Pooja. "The Mistress of Words: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in a Candid Chat on Her Books and More." DNA, 13 Jan. 2019

Express News Service. "Rewriting the Past." The New Indian Express, 9 Jan. 2019

Zupančič, Metka. "The Power of Storytelling." Contemporary Women's Writing, vol. 6, no. 2, Jul. 2011

McConigley, Nina Swamidoss. "A South Asian American Writer's Perspective: An Interview with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni." Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India, Iyer and Zare (eds.), 2009

Field, Robin, et al. "'Through this Experience I Connect with You': An Interview with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni." South Asian Review, vol. 29, no. 4, 2008

Pais, Arthur J. "Novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni." Rediff India Abroad, 23 Oct. 2003



Filipczak, Iwona. "Marginalization of South Asians Based on Race and Skin Color in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine and Chitra B. Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices." Respectus Philologicus, vol. 29, no. 34, 2016

Jani, Pranav. "A Home of One's Own: Gender, Family, and Nation in Indian-American Literature and Film." Tracing the New Indian Diaspora, Dwivedi (ed.), 2014

Banerjee, Neekanjana; Kaipa, Summi and Pireeni Sundaralingam. Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian Poetry, 2010

Mannur, Anita. Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture, 2010

Ty, Eleanor. Unfastened: Globality and Asian North American Narratives, 2010

Iyer, Nalini, and Bonnie Zare. Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India, 2009

Wong, Sau-Ling C. "Middle-Class Asian American Women in a Global Frame: Refiguring the Statue of Liberty in Divakaruni and Minatoya." Melus, vol. 29, no. 3/4, 2004

Majithia, Sheetal. "Of Foreigners and Fetishes." South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection, no. 14, 2001

Softsky, Elizabeth. "Cross Cultural Understanding Spiced with the Indian Diaspora." Black Issues in Higher Education, vol. 14, no. 15, 1997




The Forest of Enchantments (2019)

Before We Visit the Goddess (2016)

Oleander Girl (2013)

One Amazing Thing (2010)

Shadowland (2009)

The Palace of Illusions: A Novel (2008)

The Lives of Strangers (2007)

The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming (2005)

Queen of Dreams (2004)

The Conch Bearer (2003)

The Vine of Desire (2002)

The Lives of Strangers (2001)

Arranged Marriage (2001)

Sister of My Heart (1999)

The Mistress of Spices (1997)


Children's and Young Adults' Books

Grandma and the Great Gourd (2013)

Neela: Victory Song (2002)


Short Story Collections

The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (2001)


Poetry Collections

Black Candle (1991)

The Reason for Nasturtiums (1990)

Dark like the River (1987)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

As editor with William E. Justice and James Quay: California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century, 2004

"Introduction." California Uncovered, Divakaruni et al. (eds.), 2004

"Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter." California Uncovered, Divakaruni et al. (eds.), 2004

"New Insights into the Novel? Try Reading Three Hundred." Writers on Writing, vol. II, 2003

"Uncertain Objects of Desire." The Atlantic, 2000

"Do South Asian Women Need Separate Shelter Homes?" Rediff, 1999

"Crossing." Weber, vol. 15, no. 1, 1998

"What Women Share." Bold Type, 1998

"My Fictional Children." Salon, 28 Jan. 1998

"Fear of Flying with Children." Salon, 15 Jan. 1998

As editor: We, Too, Sing America: A Reader for Writers, 1997

"Not an Easy Love." Salon, 11 Dec. 1997

"Talking to Strangers." Salon, 13 Nov. 1997

"Giving Life and Taking it Away." Salon, 29 Oct. 1997

"Live Free and Starve." Salon, 16 Oct. 1997

"Why Don't They Just Leave?" Salon, 2 Oct. 1997

"The Common Enemy." Salon, 18 Sep. 1997

"Blood Brothers." Salon, 4 Sep. 1997

"Indian Born in the USA." Salon, 21 Aug. 1997

"His First Heartbreak." Salon, 7 Aug. 1997

"Of Fame and Stomach Flu." Salon, 24 Jul. 1997

"The Disappointment of Aloneness." Salon, 10 Jul. 1997

"Common Scents." Salon, 26 Jun. 1997

"Dissolving Boundaries." Bold Type, 1997

"My Work with MAITRI." Bold Type, 1997



Khushu-Lahiri, Rajyashree, and Shweta Rao. "India on a Platter: A Study of Gurinder Chadha and Paul Mayed Berges's Cinematic Adaptation of The Mistress of Spices." Postcolonial Text, vol. 4, no. 2, 2008

Berges, Paul Mayeda. "The Mistress of Spices - Official Trailer." YouTube, 2005


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Chitra Divakaruni On Her Latest Novel The Forest of EnchantmentsYouTube, 19 Jan. 2019

Chitra Divakaruni On Her Art. YouTube, 14 Feb. 2018

Chitra Divakaruni Reads from Before We Visit the Goddess. YouTube, 12 May 2016

Chitra Divakaruni Talks about the Art of Being a Good Storyteller. YouTube, 16 Jan. 2013

An Interview with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. YouTube, 9 May 2012