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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
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1989
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802110329
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 26, 2017

It's been a long time since I've been so impacted by the journey of a character

Jul 07, 2016

A sad haunting story that has come back to me as I try to sleep, hoping that Jane (as she is last known in the story does have a happily ever after life. Her bravery in leaving India where she had no future to come to America is to be cheered as is her determination to make it.


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