By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Even if Chitra Divakaruni's poetry has gained compliment and awards for a few years, it really is her "luminous, exquisitely crafted prose" (Ms.) that's quick making her one of many brightest emerging stars within the altering face of yank literature. Arranged Marriage, her first choice of tales, spent 5 weeks at the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller record and garnered severe acclaim that may were striking for even a extra confirmed author.
For the younger women and girls delivered to existence in those tales, the potential of swap, of beginning anew, is either as terrifying and full of promise because the ocean that separates them from their houses in India. From the tale of a tender bride whose fairy-tale imaginative and prescient of California is shattered whilst her husband is murdered and he or she needs to face the long run on her personal, to a proud middle-aged divorced lady decided to reach San Francisco, Divakaruni's award-winning poetry fuses right here with prose for the 1st time to create 11 devastating pictures of ladies at the verge of an unforgettable transformation.
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It was as if, in peering into that forbidden place, I had passed through the doorway itself, into a magically altered world from which there was no return. I blinked my one good eye, just to be sure, but this newer, brighter world remained. Even my own hands, still gripping the reins, appeared wondrous to me now. As did the steaming coat of the old horse. And leaning back into the padded seat of the buggy – the horrors of the night and my recent fear both momentarily forgotten – I laughed out loud.
It fell to my grandmother to care for me, though ‘care’ is perhaps too strong a word. When I think of her now, words like stern and unbending spring to mind. As I recall, she had just one redeeming feature: she told me bedtime stories – or, to be precise, stories about the faerie folk – drawing her cast of characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her nightly tales always began in the same way. ‘There are faeries at the bottom of our garden,’ she would say, and give a snicker of cool laughter.
Leaping into the buggy, I lashed the rump of the old horse until he broke into a stumbling gallop, and I didn’t let up until I could hear his wheezing breaths and feel the newly risen sun warm on my neck. Then and only then did I look behind. The road, streaked with morning shadow, lay empty. There was neither sign nor sound of pursuit. Yet still I sensed something not quite right. and immediately wondered why I hadn’t noticed it before! The sky was far bluer than it had ever been; the grass and trees more vividly green; the whole scene shot through by a suggestion of golden light – the same transfiguring light I had glimpsed in the hovel.
Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni