Bharati Mukherjee's fiction powerfully and sensitively evokes the cultural tensions and torn identities that her South Asian protagonists suffer. In both North America and India, her characters live amidst the disjunctions of two very separate worlds and world views. Mukherjee published her first 2 novels while living in Canada: The Tiger's Daughter (1972) and Wife (1975). Her difficult experiences as an immigrant in Canada are also reflected in the themes of her 1985 short-fiction collection, Darkness.
Bharati Mukherjee's acclaimed joint autobiographical account of her year in India - Days and Nights in Calcutta, co-written with Clark Blaise - appeared in 1977. With Blaise, she also wrote The Sorrow and the Terror (1987), an account of Canada's worst terrorist attack, the 1985 Air India bombing.
Bharati Mukherjee's second book of short stories, The Middleman and Other Stories (1988), won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She continues her thematic exploration of women's experience of marriage, cultural identity, racism and immigration in novels such as Jasmine (1990), Desirable Daughters (2002) and The Tree Bride (2004).
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A profile of writer Bharati Mukherjee, whose works tend to focus on the immigrant experience. From Emory University in the US.