Chitra Banerjee DivakaruniChitra Banerjee Divakaruni (born Chitralekha Banerjee, July 29, 1956) is an Indian-American author, poet, and the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Writing at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
Her short story collection, ''Arranged Marriage'' won an American Book Award in 1996, and two of her novels (''The Mistress of Spices'' and ''Sister of My Heart''), as well as a short story ''The Word Love'' were adapted into films. ''Mistress of Spices'' was short-listed for the Orange Prize. Currently, ''Sister of My Heart,'' ''Oleander Girl,'' ''Palace of Illusions,'' and ''One Amazing Thing'' have all been optioned to be made into movies or TV serials.
Divakaruni's works are largely set in India and the United States, and often focus on the experiences of South Asian immigrants. She writes for children as well as adults, and has published novels in multiple genres, including realistic fiction, historical fiction, magical realism, myth and fantasy. Provided by Wikipedia