Book Review #249: Before we visit the Goddess

Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Genre: General Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Language: English

Series, if any: NA

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date of publication:

No. Of pages: 210


A novel that transcends across three generations of mothers and daughters and yet ties them across time and geography in a bond that cannot be defined by time. Each of them strive to discover their strength, and in turn discover themselves.


Having a signed book copy from your favorite author is something that feels like a privilege and borders on being a prized collection and a honor. Having followed the writings of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni through Mistress of Spices and Palace of Illusions, I have developed a strong appreciation of her style of writing. Even though it appears soft and whimsical, the story that is told is far more insightful.

Since the plot revolves around three generations of mothers and daughters, there is lot of back and forward that goes throughout entire the book. And yet, I could see the subtle details in which every narrative was linked to one another to build it into a comprehensive story that will definitely touch the readers. There is a reason for every literary tool that has been applied, and everything adds value to the story. The strength of characters can be easily seen and as a reader you take every tug of war in the characterisation as a personal moment of import.

My opinion: Another favorite from the author that will stay with you for a very log time. Definitely recommending.

My rating: 4 out of 5


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