Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.



When Jasmine Vijh is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a future of quiet isolation in a small Indian village. But, voracious for life, she flees to America. Six years on she has become Jane Ripplemeyer, resident of Iowa, married to a middle-aged banker and adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee.

Jasmine’s odyssey through America, rippling with energy and daring, reflects Mukherjee’s preoccupation with the fractured lives of exiles and immigrants caught up in a painful yet exhilarating cross-cultural metamorphosis. In this uncompromising novel that draws on all the strengths of the award-winning The Middleman and Other Stories and carries them to a new level of perception and intensity, Bharati Mukherjee has given us a heroine’s ‘greedy with wants and reckless with hope’ – and leaves us breathless with surprise.
Read More

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 16th May 1991

Price: £10.99

ISBN-13: 9781853812781


An adept chronicler of the times and places where improbable worlds meet...She also captures the moments when lives change, by violence or passion...few could record them with Mukherjee's clarity, tenderness and humour - Evening Standard
Tough and voluptuous...she has tapped a source which she converts to a light so bright it dazzles
Candida McWilliam