The Mistress of Spices

The Mistress of Spices

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Random House, Inc.
A classic work of magical realism, this bestselling novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells the story of Tilo, a young woman from another time who has a gift for the mystical art of spices.

Now immortal, and living in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman, Tilo has set up shop in Oakland, California, where she administers curatives to her customers.  But when she's surprised by an unexpected romance with a handsome stranger, she must choose between everlasting life and the vicissitudes of modern society.  Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy, sorrow, and one special woman's magical powers.

Baker & Taylor
Tilo, an Indian clairvoyant, becomes queen of the pirates who kidnapped her for her powers, and she gains immortality and the skills of a mistress of spices, which she uses to help mortals before falling in love with Raven

& Taylor

A critically acclaimed first novel by an Indian-American writer spins a sensual contemporary fairy tale involving a young woman trained in the ancient art of spices, who is forced by an unexpected romance to choose between immortality and modern life. Reprint. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1997
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385482370
Characteristics: 338 p. ; 22 cm


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AnnabelleLee27 Nov 29, 2018

A dreamy and unusual tale written in sensual prose. Themes include love, duty, longing, and belonging - and how those themes resonate whether one is an immigrant or a native of the US. I found it different, entertaining and haunting.

Nov 15, 2010

Beautiful mystical-magical-realism novel. The writing is rich and layered, and at times you feel that you can almost smell the spices.


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