India-born author Bharati Mukherjee has long used fiction to explore issues of identity and culture, often through displaced characters--Indians coming to the West (Jasmine) or Westerners heading to Asia (The Holder of the World). In Leave It to Me Mukherjee approaches the same issues from a fresh angle; protagonist Debby DiMartino grows up in a middle-class, Italian-American family in Schenectady, NY, yet she is "a tall girl in a small school, a beautiful girl in a plain family, an exotic girl in a very American town." Debby is adopted, abandoned as a baby by her American hippie mother and Eurasian father in India, where she was placed in a Catholic orphanage until the DiMartinos took her in. Growing up, Debby identifies herself by what she is not; at age 23, after a brief, disastrous love affair with a Hong Kong ex-movie star, she decides to find out what she is.

Debby's search for her birth parents takes her to San Francisco, where she lifts a new name off a vanity license plate and begins a new life as Devi Dee. Along with her old identity, Debby/Devi sheds her old conventions, becoming a "Tenderloin prowler, all allure and strength and zero innocence" as she lives out of her car in Haight Ashbury, befriends the crazy, the strung-out, and the paranoid who populate its streets, and begins her hunt for the woman who gave her life--a search that will lead Devi into an apocalyptic confrontation with a most unexpected demon. In Leave It to Me Bharati Mukherjee has created a hip, violent, and darkly funny look at what it means to be an American at the end of the 20th century.



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October 1999 : USA Library Binding

Title: Leave It to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-613-17338-4 / 978-0-613-17338-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bt Bound
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January 1999 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leave It to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-517-35693-7 / 978-0-517-35693-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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July 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Leave it to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-7011-6183-3 / 978-0-7011-6183-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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June 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Leave It to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-679-43427-5 / 978-0-679-43427-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: Leave it to Me
Author(s): Bharati MUKHERJEE
ISBN: 0-00-224270-2 / 978-0-00-224270-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
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Paperback Editions

September 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Leave It to Me: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-449-00396-5 / 978-0-449-00396-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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December 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leave It To Me
Author(s): Mukherjee Bharati
ISBN: 0-00-639178-8 / 978-0-00-639178-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leave it to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-09-941511-9 / 978-0-09-941511-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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April 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leave It To Me
Author(s): Mukherjee Bharati
ISBN: 0-00-648085-3 / 978-0-00-648085-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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July 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Leave it to Me
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
ISBN: 0-7011-6693-2 / 978-0-7011-6693-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Kindle Editions

April 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Leave It to Me: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Author(s): Bharati Mukherjee
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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