The Space Between Us
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The Space Between Us

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"This is a story intimately and compassionately told against the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay."--Washington Post Book World "Bracingly honest."--New York Times Book Review The author of Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umrigar is as adept and compelling in The Space Between Us--vividly capturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family. A portrayal of two women discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against the confines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar's captivating second novel echoes the timeless intensity of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible--a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 321 pages
  • 140 x 202 x 22mm | 240.4g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 006079156X
  • 9780060791568
  • 317,645

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Poignant, evocative, and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years. A powerful and perceptive literary masterwork, author Thrity Umrigar's extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.
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"Umrigar is a perceptive and often piercing writer."--New York Times Book Review
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35,105 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 30% (10,373)
4 45% (15,644)
3 21% (7,464)
2 4% (1,300)
1 1% (324)
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