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The Mistress of Spices

(1997)
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Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers. An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life. Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India, is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, where she also serves as president of MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women. In 1995 her short story collection Arranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her fourth poetry collection, Leaving Yuba City, was published by Anchor in August 1997.



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"A dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, woven with poetry and storyteller magic." - Amy Tan


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February 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices
Author(s): Chitra Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-385-48237-X / 978-0-385-48237-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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February 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-385-40769-6 / 978-0-385-40769-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

April 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mistress Of Spices
Author(s): Chitra Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-552-77345-X / 978-0-552-77345-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices: Upper (Macmillan Reader)
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 1-4050-7327-6 / 978-1-4050-7327-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Education
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October 2003 : Paperback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices.
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 3190028931 / 978-3190028931
Publisher: Hueber Max GmbH + Co. KG
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August 2003 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices (Macmillan Guided Readers)
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Anne Collins
ISBN: 0-333-99968-1 / 978-0-333-99968-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Education
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February 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices: A Novel
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-385-48238-8 / 978-0-385-48238-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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February 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mistress Of Spices
Author(s): Chitra Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-552-99670-X / 978-0-552-99670-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Mistress of Spices
Author(s): DIVAKARUNI CHRI
ISBN: 0-552-77147-3 / 978-0-552-77147-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Black Swan
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Audio Editions

February 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Mistress of Spices
Author(s): Chitra Divakaruni
ISBN: 0-553-47701-3 / 978-0-553-47701-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Mistress of Spices: A Novel
Author(s): Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Publisher: Anchor
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