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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 is a beautifully written and engrossing story, very well done . . . that is, until the end. Oh, the ending. Read morePublished 8 days ago by JLee
The story was interesting but it certainly wasn't the most enjoyable read. I liked the struggle with changing times and people struggling with prejudice. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Thrity has very complex characters and her choice of words are very poetic.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story of a woman who has experienced so much heartache and loss in her life, but who refuses to give up.Published 20 days ago by jules
A book about two women in different social economic circumstances and how their interactions make them similar but they will never be in the same place and one always has a hand up... Read morePublished 25 days ago by S. Maldonado
Well- written, provocative and enlightening, but a sad, depressing story.Published 29 days ago by Merry
Very good chronicle of life in India. It took concentration because I am not familiar with Indian vocabulary, but the story line kept me going.Published 1 month ago by ccinsrq
I can't even pinpoint why, but I can't seem to get into this book. My book club read it and met on it 3 weeks ago - but I still haven't finished it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dona L. Coultice