The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices

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Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing,The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India, is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, where she also serves as president of MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women. In 1995 her short story collectionArranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her fourth poetry collection,Leaving Yuba City, was published by Anchor in August 1997.

Baker & Taylor
A critically acclaimed first novel by an Indian-American writer spins a sensual contemporary fairy tale involving a young woman trained in the ancient art of spices, who is forced by an unexpected romance to choose between immortality and modern life. Reprint. Tour.

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Tilo, an Indian clairvoyant, becomes queen of the pirates who kidnapped her for her powers, and she gains immortality and the skills of a mistress of spices, which she uses to help mortals before falling in love with Raven

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385482387
0385482388
9780385482370
038548237X
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 22 cm

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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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