Jasmine

Jasmine

by Bharati Mukherjee

Paperback(2nd ed.)

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Overview

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

ONE OF TIME’ S “30 BOOKS TO READ BEFORE YOU’RE 30”

“Mukherjee gives us the gift of being allowed to see ourselves in all our inconsistencies . . . To build our hearts so they might always reflect, like Jasmine, what it means to carry what is fraught and scared and dismissive and hopeful and wild inside us, and choose love.” —Mira Jacob, from the new introduction

When Jasmine was first published the New York Times called it “one of the most suggestive novels we have about what it is to become an American.” Thirty years later, Jasmine has only grown in its significance. Following one woman through her numerous identities — from Jyoti in a small village in Punjab, to Jasmine in Jalandhar, to Jase in Manhattan, to Jane in Iowa — Mukherjee gives us an iconic character whose journey through shifting landscapes necessitates her shifting selves. What she encounters on this path, from India to America and from girlhood to womanhood, shows the beauty and darkness and revelation inherent in the journeys of all those who not only want to survive, but to grow.

With a new introduction by Mira Jacob for this thirtieth-anniversary edition, Jasmine is a masterful examination of identity, immigration, and sexuality from the “Matriarch of Indian-American literature.” (Literary Hub)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802136305
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/05/1999
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 254,688
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mira Jacob is the author and illustrator of Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Her critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, and longlisted for the Brooklyn Literary Eagles Prize. It was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son.

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BHARATI MUKHERJEE (1940-2017) is the author of over a dozen novels, short-story collections, and works of nonfiction. She won the National Book Critics Circle award for her collection The Middleman and Other Stories.

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