The Unknown Errors of Our Lives
By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385497282, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2002
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A widow in California, recently arrived from India, struggles to adapt to a world in which neighbors are strangers and her domestic skills are deemed superfluous in the award-winning "Mrs. Dutta Writes a Letter." In "The Intelligence of Wild Things," a woman from Sacramento visits her brother in Vermont to inform him that back in Calcutta their mother is dying. And in the title story, a painter looks to ancient myth and the example of her grandmother for help in navigating her first real crisis of faith.
Knowing, compassionate and expertly rendered, the stories in The Unknown Errors of Our Lives""depict the eternal struggle to find a balance between the pull of home and the allure of change.