The Tree Bride
A NovelBook - 2004
In The Tree Bride, the narrator, Tara Chatterjee (whom readers will remember from Desirable Daughters), picks up the story of an East Bengali ancestor. According to legend, at the age of five Tara Lata married a tree and eventually emerged as a nationalist freedom fighter. In piecing together her ancestor's transformation--from a docile Bengali Brahmin girl-child into an impassioned organizer of resistance against the British Raj--Tara Chatterjee discovers and lays claim to unacknowledged elements in her "American" identity. Although the story of the Tree Bride is central, the drama surrounding the narrator, a divorced woman trying to reunite with her husband, moves the novel back and forth through time and across continents.