The Last Queen: A Novel of Courage and Resistance

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William Morrow & Company
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5.1 X 7.6 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Several of her works have been made into films and plays. Her last novel was the bestseller.


"For those of us who read to escape the banalities of daily life, Chitra Divakaruni's books are oxygen. She writes about India in a way that makes the rest of the world disappear around you." -- Chicago Tribune

"Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest novel, The Last Queen, demonstrates the power of unrepentant ambition, unabashed assertiveness and unapologetic resolve as a means for realizing one's birthright--whether presumed or ordained. -- Khabar Magazine

"The Last Queen provides a glimpse of a little-known historical figure in Rani Jindan. The author's meticulous details take readers into the 19th-century, where they have a front-row seat." -- Novels Alive

"In this dazzling novel, based on true-life events, bestselling author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents the unforgettable story of Jindan, who transformed herself from daughter of the royal kennel keeper to powerful monarch." -- Hasty Book List

"This unforgettable novel is a truly inspirational tale about a woman who refused to back down in the face of what was most important to her, her country, her culture --- and especially her family." --

"Emotionally accessible...Divakaruni balances the ache of separation with the thrills of independence and self-discovery...her characteristic passion, nerve and insight into the troubled soul are here in full." -- Wall Street Journal on Before We Visit the Goddess

"A novel about female strength and ambition and how one mother's decision can affect the lives of her family for generations to come." -- Bustle on Before We Visit the Goddess

"Divakaruni proves herself adept with all the tools in the writer's toolbox...Divakaruni makes use of two major writerly tools that seldom go together--tragic drama, and screwball comedy. What's more, she finds entirely fresh ways to mete out the tropes of the South Asian immigrant story...hilarity deepens and clarifies the story's dark heirloom tapestry." -- Miami Herald on Before We Visit the Goddess

"Collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room." -- Jhumpa Lahiri on One Amazing Thing

"Affecting." -- New York Times on Before We Visit the Goddess