Seven years before the story begins, Tara Banerjee, the only daughter of a wealthy industrialist in Calcutta, on the East coast of India, was sent to Poughkeepsie, New York, to study at Vassar, a famous women’s college. After graduating, she went to New York to study for a doctorate in English. Meanwhile, she met, fell in love with, and married David Cartwright, an aspiring American writer, while working on her doctoral dissertation on Katherine Mansfield.
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