The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices

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Tilo, an immigrant from India, runs a spice shop in Oakland, California. While she supplies the ingredients for curries and kormas, she also helps her customers to gain a more precious commodity: whatever they most desire. For Tilo is a Mistress of Spices, a priestess of the secret magical powers of spices. Through those who visit and revisit her shop, she catches glimpses of the life of the local Indian expatriate community. To each, Tilo dispenses wisdom and the appropriate spice, for the restoration of sight, the cleansing of evil, the pain of rejection. But when a lonely American ventures into the store, a troubled Tilo cannot find the correct spice, for he arouses in her a forbidden desire - which if she follows will destroy her magical more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 226g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Media tie-in
  • Media tie-in
  • 055277345X
  • 9780552773454

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"* 'A splendid novel, beautifully conceived and crafted' - Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides * 'A marvellous combination of myth and romance, social critique and poetry' - San Francisco Chronicle * 'A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, woven with poetry and storyteller magic' - Amy Tan, author of The Bonesetter's Daughter * 'Fascinating stuff...appealingly flavoured and colourful' - Mail on Sunday * 'Divakaruni's magic [is] her ability to craft such a complex tale written so exquisitely without overwhelming her reader' - Los Angeles Times"show more

About Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Born in India, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni lives near San Francisco with her husband and two children. She teaches creative writing at a local college, and is the coordinator for a helpline for South Asian women. She is the author of several award-winning volumes of poetry, as well as Arranged Marriage, her acclaimed collection of short stories, a bestseller in America and winner of the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for fiction, an Americanshow more

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