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The Tree Bride by Bharati Mukherjee
The Tree Bride, sequel to Desirable Daughters, continues to follow the life of Tara Chatterjee. She is trying to reconcile with her husband, raise her son, and research her family history. Back in colonial India, her great-great-aunt, Tara Lata Gangooly, married a tree when she was five after her fiance was killed. She then spent her life as a resistance fighter against the British Raj. Tara also finds a woman whose British grandfather had a direct connection to the Tree Bride. Bharati Mukherjee's novel moves back and forth across time and continents as Tara tries to find the connections and coincidences of her past and present. The Tree Bride has received mostly positive reviews with the Chicago Sun-Times saying, "To understand Tara's rich experience of revelations, Desirable Daughters and The Tree Bride are meant to be read in succession. Together they prove that Mukherjee is a master at creating magical, mysterious stories that resound with spiritual healing for both the dead and the living."