Oleander Girl

Title: Oleander Girl
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Reprint Edition March 4, 2014
Paperback: 320 pages

Sometimes --she knows this from her own life-- to get to the other side, you must travel through grief. No detours are possible. 

After getting stressed of  reading Gillian Flynn's books, I am so grateful to find the latest book written by one of my favorite authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni at Aksara bookstore with 50% discount (wow). I know that Divakaruni's way in telling stories will calm me down. 

I just finished reading it and it's proven that Divakaruni is indeed a gifted storyteller. The central character here, seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy is always curious why her late mother named her after Oleander, a beautiful yet poisonous plant. Korobi is an orphaned at birth and raised with abundance of love by her  grandparents in Kolkata, India. Although surrounded by her grandparents' warmth of love, deep down inside she still feels insecure with the mysterious death of her parents and why her grandparents said nothing about it. 

Out of the blue she found a love note hidden in her mother's book of poetry. This love note reveals such secret and makes Korobi prepares her trip to America to clear things up. As usual the author with her calm language, enhancing strong and detailed characters, cultural background and complex crisis. 

I always love Divakaruni's works. She delivers a great story with a genuine plot. Beautiful as always. Highly recommended.