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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 was a tender story about the relationship of two Indian women. One was of upper class and the other her maid. Read morePublished 9 days ago by St. Clair Lady
Wonderful story. Extremely well written. Very thought provoking.Published 14 days ago by sharon lowery
The book was well written, with interesting characters, and with good insights into Indian culture. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it was UNRELENTINGLY... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Julie Greeman
I had to read this for a college class. Very interesting and easy to read. Nice prose and stylistic writing make the novel easy to read and get into.Published 22 days ago
This book stayed with me long after I finished it! I couldn't put it down and wish she had written a sequel to it.Published 23 days ago by Catherine K.
Three stars for the excellent writing. Umrigar is one of my favorite authors, but I found this novel was the difficult to finish. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Kathleen Ann Burt
I loved this book, as did everyone in my book club - but I HATED the very end (as did everyone in my book club... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Zed