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Nine people are trapped in the Indian consulate's visa office after a devastating earthquake. As they start to melt down emotionally, Uma, a grad student, suggests they each tell a story about one thing in their lives. The stories they tell are incredible, and you will feel as though you have known and understand each character as they wait for rescue or death. An amazing read.

Oleander Girl: A Novel: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: 9781451695687: Amazon.com: Books

Ever since Anju and Sudha were born the same day their fathers died--mysteriously and violently—they have been sisters of the heart. Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend, the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were merged. An in-depth view of the culture of India today. A fabulous read!

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