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Novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni gives the 2023 Sheth Lecture in Indian Studies, discussing and reading from her new book, Independence.

Set during the partition of India in 1947, a time when neighbor was pitted against neighbor and families were torn apart, Independence brings to life the sweeping story of three sisters caught up in events beyond their control, their unbreakable bond, and their struggle against powerful odds.

Independence is a spellbinding saga of the decolonization and partition of the Indian subcontinent, with a cast of vividly drawn, compelling characters. ” — Amitav Ghosh

"A powerful, gripping, and beautifully told story of three women navigating the crossroads of history. Divakaruni's eye is both unflinching and deeply compassionate, encompassing all the complexities of the sisters' lives. I couldn't put it down." — Madeline Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Circe and Song of Achilles

This 2023 Sheth Lecture in Indian Studies is co-sponsored by Emory's English Department and the Carlos Museum.  

The book, Independence, is available for purchase at the Carlos Museum Bookshop

Learn more about Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni here.

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