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When we first meet Bhima, she is sharing a thin mattress with Maya, the granddaughter upon whom high hopes and dreams were placed, only to be shattered by an unexpected pregnancy and its disastrous consequences. As time goes on, we learn that Sera and her family have used their power and money time and time again to influence the lives of Bhima and Maya, from caring for Bhima's estranged husband after a workplace accident, to providing the funds for Maya's college education. We also learn that Sera's seemingly privileged life is not as it appears; after enduring years of cruelty under her mother-in-law's roof, she faced physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her husband, pain that only Bhima could see and alleviate. Yet through the triumphs and tragedies, Sera and Bhima always shared a bond that transcended class and race; a bond shared by two women whose fate always seemed to rest in the hands of others, just outside their control.
Told in a series of flashbacks and present day encounters, The Space Between Us gains strength from both plot and prose. A beautiful tale of tragedy and hope, Umrigar's second novel is sure to linger in readers' minds. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was very thin on story line and heavy with introspection, remembering, and emotionalizing!!! Read morePublished 1 day ago by carol
It was good. Very fascinating to see how they live there in India, and the difference between the classes. Shocking, really. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Beth
The story was good, the characters very rich and well developed, and the author is very skillful with metaphors and lyrical descriptions. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Gary Walker
I'm very glad I read Katherine Boo's fictiony, non-fiction book about a slum in Mumbai before I read Thrity Umrigar's book, "The Space Between Us. Read morePublished 6 days ago by kbirdlincoln
Great characters but not a realistic or victorious enough ending for me.Published 12 days ago by Elizabeth E. Wayne
A beautifully crafted, but difficult-to-read novel, full of vivid and desperate images of life in India. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Sandy Millar
Lets you think about the age old caste system in the new? India sad wished it ended on a uplifting note but not to be.Published 16 days ago by Colette C.
This is an awesome story told by a master writer. The characters are real people with real-life problems and relationships. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Denise C.