Leave it to Me

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Chatto & Windus, 1997 - Birthparents - 239 pages
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This novel of rage and retribution, colonialism and responsibility is set against the multi-cultural backdrop of San Francisco, Vietnam and the Far East. Jess Strand's daughter, Ovidia attempts to exact revenge on her mother for her courtroom betrayal of her father.

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User Review  - JLSmither - LibraryThing

I enjoyed Holder of the World by Mukherjee, but was disappointed with this one. The characters are shallow in thought and description. The author doesn't provide enough detail about any of them for ... Read full review

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User Review  - purplehena - LibraryThing

This is a strange one. Overall, it was decent, and I mostly enjoyed it, but there were times when it got a bit too rambly and other times when it was just a bit too out there for my taste (okay, that ... Read full review


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Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta, India on July 27, 1940. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Calcutta in 1959 and a master's degree from the University of Baroda in 1961. After sending six stories to the University of Iowa, she was accepted into the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She received an M.F.A. in 1963 and a doctorate in comparative literature in 1969 from the University of Iowa. She married fellow student Clark Blaise, a Canadian author, in 1963. They moved to Montreal in 1966, where she taught English at McGill University. They moved back to the United States in 1980. After teaching creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, and Queens College, she taught postcolonial and world literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She wrote numerous books during her lifetime including The Tiger's Daughter, Wife, Darkness, Jasmine, The Holder of the World, Desirable Daughters, The Tree Bride, and Miss New India. In 1988, The Middleman and Other Stories won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. She died from complications of rheumatoid arthritis and takotsubo cardiomyopathy, a stress-induced heart condition, on January 28, 2017 at the age of 76.

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