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 in 1940 to a wealthy, traditional family. She attended the universities of Calcutta and Baroda, where she earned a master's degree in English and Ancient Indian Culture. In 1961, she came to the United States to attend the Writers Workshop and earned her master's of fine arts and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. In 1963, Mukherjee married Clark Blaise, a Canadian author, and immigrated to Canada. She became a naturalized citizen in 1972. While she was teaching English at McGill University, she began writing fiction. Living in Canada was difficult for Mukherjee so, with her husband, she moved back to the United States and became a citizen. She then taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York University and Queens College and then became Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. Some of Mukherjee's titles include: "Wife" (1975), "Days and Nights in Calcutta" (1977), Middleman and Other Stories" (1988), "Holder of the World" (1993), and "Leave It To Me" (1997). In 1988 she won the National Book Critics Circle Award (The Middleman and Other Stories).

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