HarperCollins Publishers India is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s new novel INDEPENDENCE


NEW DELHI , August 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning and best-selling author of the last queen and The forest of enchantments Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni publishes his most ambitious novel to date.

HarperCollins Publishers India will publish Independence later this year, which marks 75 years of india independence.

Against the struggle for freedom, Independence is an unforgettable story about three sisters, their unbreakable bond and a nation about to be born. Film rights to Independence have already been optioned.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni said: Independence is a novel close to my heart. My grandfather was involved in the freedom movement, so this is especially meaningful to me. I devoted all my creative energies to this story of nation, femininity, love, desire and hate. I hope it will resonate with my readers.

Ananth PadmanabhanCEO, HarperCollins India, says: A new book by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is not only an editorial event but also a gift. Over the past two decades, Chitra has captivated readers with one magnificent story after another, and her new novel Independence is everything you can expect and more. As the country celebrates 75 years of freedom, the timing couldn’t have been better for a book as personal as it is relevant. Chitra is one of the world’s greatest storytellers and in this novel she shows you why.

Diya Kar, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni editor, says: Independence will get under the skin. Not only the three sisters at the heart of the novel, Deepa, Jamini and Priya, but also the men, in particular Somnath Chowdhury and Nabakumar Ganguly. As we celebrate 75 years of india freedom is a timely reminder of what a great gift independence is, and how much carnage and suffering hate can bring. Chitra’s immense power of storytelling makes her one of our most beloved authors. I can’t wait for his new novel to be read and loved.



Here is a river…

Here is a town…

Here is a grand old mansion…

Here is the land that contains them all…

India. August 1946. Everything will change.

Priya, Jamini and Deepa, the daughters of Dr Nabakumar Ganguly, live in Ranipur, Bengal, sheltered from the growing turbulence in the country. When their father is killed on Direct Action Day, their world is turned upside down.

Priya, the youngest, smart and idealistic, is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a doctor, no matter how difficult. She’s lucky to have the support of zamindar Somnath Chowdhuryhis father’s best friend.

Jamini, devout, devoted and talented, helps her mother sew kanthas to make ends meet. Hungry for affection even as she resents her sisters, she harbors a secret desire.

The beautiful Deepa, the eldest, ready to marry well, falls in love with Raza, responsible for youth at the Muslim League, and must suffer the consequences.

When India is finally shared, the sisters find themselves separated from each other, fearing what will happen not only to themselves, but also to each other. Only then do they understand what it means to be independent and the price to pay for it.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni powerful new novel is a moving story of loyalty and love, nationality and brotherhood, against india independence movement, both exhilarating and devastating.


A haunting saga of the decolonization and partition of the Indian subcontinent, with a cast of compelling, vividly drawn characters.AMITAV GHOSH

A national movement destabilizes a country. Only a powerful imagination can recreate how profoundly it changes the lives of three women.NAYANTARA SAHGAL

I have long been a fan of Chitra Divakaruni’s novels, but Independence is now my favorite.LISA SEE


Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and best-selling author, poet, activist and writing teacher. His work has been published widely, in magazines and anthologies, and his books have been translated into twenty-nine languages. Many of his works have been turned into films and plays. His last novel was the award-winning bestseller, the last queen, whose film rights were purchased by a major production house. She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy, and has two sons, Anand and Abhay. She teaches in the internationally acclaimed creative writing program at the University of Houston. Chitra tweets @cdivakaruni and she enjoys connecting with her readers on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chitradivakaruni/

About HarperCollins India

HarperCollins India publishes some of the best writers from the Indian subcontinent and around the world, releasing around 200 new books every year, with a print and digital catalog of over 2,000 titles spread across 10 editions. Its authors have won almost all major literary awards including Man Booker Prize, JCB Prize, DSC Prize, New India Foundation Prize, Atta Galatta Prize, Shakti Bhatt Prize, Gourmand Cookbook Prize, Publishing Next Prize , Tata Literature Live! Award, Gaja Capital Business Book Prize, BICW Award, Sushila Devi Award, Sahitya Akademi Award and Crossword Book Award. HarperCollins India also represents some of the best publishers in the world including Harvard University Press, Gallup Press, Oneworld, Bonnier Zaffre, Usborne, Dover and Lonely Planet. HarperCollins India is now the recipient of five Publisher of the Year awards – in 2021 and 2015 at the Publishing Next Industry Awards, and in 2021, 2018 and 2016 at Tata Literature Live. HarperCollins India is a subsidiary of HarperCollins Publishers.

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