Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a tender touching tale about three generations of women- Sabitri, the grandmother, Bela, her daughter, and Tara, the granddaughter. The story of their lives and how choices and decisions made by each one had a ripple effect across generations, spanning years and crossing geographical boundaries, makes for a delightful read. Nuances of the immigrant experiences, unique challenges faced by women who think ahead of their times and a sense of nostalgia and loss also make a mark on the story.

The story moves back and forth in time, and is told from the point of view of the three women and then three men who have a role to play at some point in the lives of the protagonists. Each narrative gently nudges the story forward, filling in missing gaps and at the same time letting the reader read the story from a very different point of view.

While the story itself is a very good read, for me, the most enticing part of reading this book was the beautiful way the multiple narratives propel the story forward.

Published by Simon and Schuster

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