January 26, 2009

Sister of My Heart by Chitra Divakaruni

I decided to make this weekend a big reading weekend, so I started and ended reading this book in the last couple of days. (Sidenote: that might sound unusual to most avid readers, but I'm always reading at least 5 books at a time, so I read them all in pieces.)

And I'm so glad I did.

This book is February's selection for my book club, and I wasn't sure quite what to expect when I picked it up. It started out kinda slow, and it took me a while to warm up to the characters, but I finally did.

Sister of My Heart is the story of two girls born on the same day to mothers in the same Calcutta family, the day they found out that their husbands were dead. The two girls are Anju, the bold and plain, and Sudha, the beautiful and cautious. Though the two girls are very different, they are closer than sisters and raised by their mothers and another aunt.

Early in the book Sudha finds out a family secret that could change her relationship with her closer-than-a-sister cousin, but she tries not to let it. This very secret is what binds her to a loveless, childless marriage. For Anju, one furtive look takes much of the joy out of her own marriage.

This is a beautiful tale, one that made me cry harder than I have over any book since Thousand Splendid Suns (though it's not nearly as sad and depressing as that!).


  1. I read this book several years ago and absolutely loved it. I work in a library and recommend it to our patrons looking for "something good to read."

  2. I read this book for a school project. Imagine the joy I had finding that my book actually was one I couldnt put down! It is an excellent story with extrodinary women!

  3. this is the worst book i have evr read. i recommend u to not read it. today's youth or the younger people will not like it.


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