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Chitra Divakaruni | Talks at Google

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Published on Feb 19, 2010

What sustains us in a time of panic? How do we survive disasters beyond our control? Bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni considers these timely questions in her compelling new novel, ONE AMAZING THING. Drawing on Divakaruni's personal experience of Hurricane Rita and inspired by literary works ranging from The Decameron to Ann Patchett's Bel Canto, ONE AMAZING THING explores what happens when people from different walks of life are trapped together are trapped by a violent earthquake.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Award, two PEN Syndicated Fiction awards, and a Distinguished Author Award from the South Asian Literary Association. Her work has appeared in TheBest American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and a Pushcart Prize anthology. With the publication of her new novel, One Amazing Thing, Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, two of which have been made into movies. A frequently sought-after op-ed commentator regarding South Asian-American culture, Divakaruni is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

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