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If Today Be Sweet (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, May 27, 2008
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More About the Author
The Space Between Us was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins award, while her memoir was a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. If Today Be Sweet was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, while her other books have been Community Reads selections. Thrity is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize.
Thrity was born in Bombay, India and came to the U.S. when she was 21. As a Parsi child attending a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country, she had the kind of schizophrenic and cosmopolitan childhood that has served her well in her life as a writer. Accused by teachers and parents alike of being a daydreaming, head-in-the-clouds child, she grew up lost in the fictional worlds created by Steinbeck, Hemingway, Woolf and Faulkner. She would emerge long enough from these books to create her own fictional and poetic worlds. Encouraged by her practical-minded parents to get an undergraduate degree in business, Thrity survived business school by creating a drama club and writing, directing and acting in plays. Her first short stories, essays and poems were published in national magazines and newspapers in India at age fifteen.
After earning a M.A. in journalism in the U.S., Thrity worked for several years as an award-winning reporter, columnist and magazine writer. She also earned a Ph.D. in English. In 1999, Thrity won a one-year Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University, which is given to mid-career journalists.
While at Harvard, Thrity wrote her first novel, Bombay Time. In 2002 she accepted a teaching position at Case Western Reserve University, where she is now the Armington Professor of English. She also does occasional freelance pieces for national publications and has written for the Washington Post and the Boston Globe's book pages.
Thrity is active on the national lecture circuit and has spoken at book festivals such as the L.A. Festival of Books, the Tuscon Book Festival and the Miami Book Fair International; at universities such as MIT, Harvard University, and Spelman College; and at literary societies, civic and business organizations and public libraries all across the country.
Read more at www.umrigar.com or go to Thrity's Author page on Facebook.
Top Customer Reviews
So much of the book simply did not ring true. Would anyone really call their son Cookie? And how old is this child; at one time he calls himself the Cookie Monster and at others is discussing Calvin and Hobbes. The "yummy yummy" vocabulary of the boys next door also does not ring true for kids growing up with abusive adults. And the reaction of everyone to the beating that they receive from their mother seems totally blown out of portion -- television interviews, newspaper pictures, dinner at the home of the son's boss -- just too over the top. And Sorab's new boss, Grace, is nothing more than a cartoon character.
In short, Tehmina seems like a Parsi Mary Poppins -- sprinkling everyone's life with a bit of sugar so that everyone will live happily ever after. I can't help but feel that life in two different worlds (as Tehmina is experiencing) is so much more complicated than that. It's a quick read, but not a satisfying one. "The Space Between Us" was a far superior book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Date Completed: (10/16/2015)
A mother’s story chronicling her children’s lives and the lives of the children next door, Umrigar spins a... Read more
This was a pleasant, relaxing read, but it didn't come near the stark emotion of The Space Between Us, a book that captured my thoughts for days after I had finished it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Janice Giffin
Another gem! I have really fallen hard for Thrity Umrigar's books! In If Today Be Sweet, Tehmina Sethna is a newly widowed Indian woman visiting her son, daughter-in-law and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marilyn TK
i read this book 2 - 3 yrs. ago and consider it one of the most enjoyable reads ever. I loved the characters, despite the critical names Cookie and Cookie monster. My 78 yr. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amelia A. Rowen
Not nearly on par with her novel The Space Between Us which I found to be brilliant. In my opinion, this one was sophomoric in style and storyline.Published 15 months ago by lalisa
I love all her books. Reading this one now and it is as good as her other ones. Looking forward to reading more books by this author.Published 16 months ago by lovethe music