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The Twentieth Wife: A Novel (by Indu Sundaresan)

An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India’s most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa’s embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman — a legend in her own time — who was all but lost to history until now.

 

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An enchanting historical epic of grand passion and adventure, this debut novel tells the captivating story of one of India’s most controversial empresses — a woman whose brilliance and determination trumped myriad obstacles, and whose love shaped the course of the Mughal Empire. Skillfully blending the textures of historical reality with the rich and sensual imaginings of a timeless fairy tale, The Twentieth Wife sweeps readers up in Mehrunnisa’s embattled love with Prince Salim, and in the bedazzling destiny of a woman — a legend in her own time — who was all but lost to history until now.

In praise of The Twentieth Wife —

Chicago Tribune Good old-fashioned historical fiction….Full of jeweled beauties and crumbling ruins, [The Twentieth Wife] satisfies every craving for the pomp and mystery of India’s past.

The Seattle Times Rich and realistic….A delicious story.

Chitra Divakaruni Author of Mistress of Spices and Unknown Errors of Our Lives Indu Sundaresan has written a fascinating novel about a fascinating time, and has brought it alive with characters that are at once human and legendary, that move with grace and panache across the brilliant stage she has reconstructed for them.

About the Author (Indu Sundaresan)

Indu Sundaresan (author of The Twentieth Wife)

Indu Sundaresan

Indu Sundaresan was born in India and came to the US for graduate school at the University of Delaware. She is the author of The Twentieth WifeThe Feast of RosesSplendor of SilenceIn the Convent of Little FlowersShadow Princess, and The Mountain of Light.

Product details

  • Availability: Paperback, Hardcover, Loose Leaf, Audio CD, Kindle.
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Kindle: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (February 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743428188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743428187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
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