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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the bestselling author of the novels The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, and The Vine of Desire; the story collections Arranged Marriage, which received several awards, including the American Book Award; and four collections of prize-winning poetry. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The Best American Short Stories 1999, and other publications. Born in India, she lives in the San Francisco area.