The Unknown Errors of Our Lives

The Unknown Errors of Our Lives


Book - 2002
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In nine poignant stories spiked with humor and intelligence, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni captures lives at crossroad moments-caught between past and present, home and abroad, tradition and fresh experience.
A widow in California, recently arrived from India, struggles to adapt to a world in which neighbors are strangers and her domestic skills are deemed superfluous in the award-winning "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter." In "The Intelligence of Wild Things," a woman from Sacramento visits her brother in Vermont to inform him that back in Calcutta their mother is dying. And in the title story, a painter looks to ancient myth and the example of her grandmother for help in navigating her first real crisis of faith.
Knowing, compassionate and expertly rendered, the stories in The Unknown Errors of Our Lives depict the eternal struggle to find a balance between the pull of home and the allure of change.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2002, c2001
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385497282
Characteristics: 267 p. ; 22 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 22, 2014

A rich and unforgettable collection of short stories that read like beautiful poetry. The women in these stories are caught between the beliefs of their Indian heritage and those of their new homeland in America. Differences between culture, generations and the sexes all play a part in their struggle to find balance and happiness in their new lives.

Apr 27, 2012

An enjoyable collection of short stories about the South Asian visible minority experience in the United States; relationships between the children of immigrants; and the tension between the family in the homeland and the new world. An element of foreboding is a thread in each story that sometimes materializes and often vanishes. The author has a deft hand at character and a keen eye for colour and description of place.


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