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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.
She developed the characters well.
This book will rivet you from beginning to end and while you will read it because you desperately want to know what happens, but you won't want it to end either.
The book is well-written - beautiful language and descriptions, a compelling story, interesting characters.
Incredibly sad story about the divide between classes in India. In the beginning, one felt there was at least compassion between the housemaid and her employer, but as the story... Read morePublished 9 days ago by J. Lewis
It was written very well and very much in context of the setting of the book. Great insights into other parts of the world and a lovely storyPublished 12 days ago by Molly
The title of Thrity Umrigar’s “The Space Between Us” speaks for itself. Set in late 20th century Bombay, the spaces are primarily between the tale’s Hindu and Parsi characters –... Read morePublished 20 days ago by James T Dakin
excellent book that looks at the relationship between employer and employee - having lived in the emerging markets (not India) I see many similarities in the relationship there to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gregory L. Piccininno
Beautifully written story of the intersecting lives of the people who inhabit India's lower and upper classes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Breck
An incredibly insightful and very well written novel which provides insights about the differences among classes in India as well as loyalty to family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laughing Ladies Book Club
My third book by Thrity Umrigar and I am convinced that she is one of the most talented and insightful writers I have ever been privileged to read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by An Educated Consumer