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“I am reading and loving Amitav Ghosh’s The Ibis Trilogy. I am captured by the fascinating story (told, I think, from a unique angle) of the opium trade involving India and China, the trafficking of coolies and the tragic ways in which history tramples over individual lives and hopes. And the meticulous research! I can only imagine how much time and effort that took for Amitav.”

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Before We Visit the Goddess

Divakaruni appears at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables