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The Vine of Desire

By: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
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Publisher's Summary

The beloved characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's best-selling novel Sister of My Heart are reunited in this powerful narrative that challenges the emotional bond between two lifelong friends, as the husband of one becomes dangerously attracted to the other.

Anju and Sudha formed an astounding, almost psychic connection during their childhood in India. When Anju invites Sudha, a single mother in Calcutta, to come live with her and her husband, Sunil, in California, Sudha foolishly accepts, knowing full well that Sunil has long desired her. As Sunil's attraction rises to the surface, the trio must struggle to make sense of the freedoms of America - and of the ties that bind them to India and to one another.

©2002 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Vine of desire

Amazing writing compelling story but the ending has no closure. Also the imagery is outstanding

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Story was ok, good. Was slow a read. The last quarter of the book was best.

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Love and Forgiveness

The continuation of this story was even better than the first. At the end of the first book, we had the excitement of the “sisters” coming together in America. Sometimes too much togetherness, even with a best friend, can do us in. This book had some heartbreak, love, and in the end forgiveness. I really enjoyed Julia Whelan’s voices of each character. So much talent that help tie the story together.

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Good but rambles some

Overall i enjoyed the book. It did tend to ramble at times. The Indian folk takes were interesting but not always helpful in moving the story along. Narration was good.

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Good, interesting

Narration great, story interesting. Good story, kept me wanting to listen. Is there a sequel to this?

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Beautifully written

Human emotions which are hard to put into words are beautifully stringed together. Every character has its share of white, black & grey areas. High on emotions, plot is very well written. Sometimes it becomes too wordy though & tires me.
Will surely recommend.

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Good listen overall

But seriously. When a reader mispronounces foreign words they shouldn’t be the reader. She could t even pronounce “chai”! So annoying. But still a good easy listen. For once, an Indian novel that doesn’t end disastrously.

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Wonderful story problematically read

I am a fan of Divakaruni’s novels, but I almost stopped mid-story on multiple occasions because of the many, many mispronunciations of Indian words: even desi and Bengal, for heaven’s sake!

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Story seem to drag a bit at certain times and the constant mentioning of current events was somewhat distracting. I felt the characters were not developed very well either. I couldn't really feel much for anyone in particular. Overall I'd say it was an average book.

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Heartbreaking

The book will stay with me for v long time. It is haunting and exhilarating. The narrator is equal to the task of adding emotions to the narrative.