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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2001 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Catalyst for introspection on life.

Moving and emotive. The struggles and triumphs of the characters touch on a deep part of human reality. At times I struggled to listen because the errors in my life were tugged forward in my mind. The life altering experiences the characters go through run a gambit of emotions from sorrow at loss to joy for growth. As an individual from a different culture than the characters I discovered differences I never knew and commonalities I did not expect. Why did I not expect them? Humans, after all, are intrinsically connected by emotions and needs. I am so grateful I listened to these stories.

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Meh- Short stories with no ending

I really like this author and narrator, but these short stories sounded just as “starts” to stories without ends. You are left hanging at the end of each story. I was hoping that she would revisit the characters and stories at the end. Just not for me. Narrator is always great. But this was boring.

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The narration is very good adds more depth to each story, vivid imagination and descriptions.

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Loved every story in this collection

This was my introduction to this author. I'm not a short story fan - I always feel like I'm just sinking into a story and then it's over. But I just loved every one of these. I loved the narrator's elegant, warm, expressive voice.

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Enjoyed Bengali stories

I liked the short stories, though the ends always kept me wondering as they were left with a thought . I think the author has done a good job overall. Narration was ok.