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The acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven returns with a breathtaking, skillfully wrought story of four women and the unbreakable ties they share.
As university students in late 1970s Bombay, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta were inseparable. Spirited and unconventional, they challenged authority and fought for a better world. But much has changed over the past thirty years. Following different paths, the quartet drifted apart, the day-to-day demands of work and family tempering the revolutionary fervor they once shared.
Then comes devastating news: Armaiti, who moved to America, is gravely ill and wants to see the old friends she left behind. For Laleh, reunion is a bittersweet reminder of unfulfilled dreams and unspoken guilt. For Kavita, it is an admission of forbidden passion. For Nishta, it is the promise of freedom from a bitter fundamentalist husband. And for Armaiti, it is an act of acceptance, of letting go on her own terms even if her ex-husband and daughter do not understand her choices.
In the course of their journey to reconnect, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta must confront the truths of their lives—acknowledge long-held regrets, face painful secrets and hidden desires, and reconcile their idealistic past and their compromised present. And they will have to decide what matters most, a choice that may just help them reclaim the extraordinary world they once found.
Exploring the enduring bonds of friendship and the power of love to change lives, and offering an unforgettable portrait of modern India—a nation struggling to bridge economic, religious, gender, and generational divides—The World We Found is a dazzling masterwork from the remarkable Thrity Umrigar.
But I like India very much, and enjoy stories set there. I also enjoy this author, who describes her characters so well, bringing them to life for the reader. Read morePublished 3 days ago by D. Ballard
This story gives the reader an insightful look into modern Indian culture and its juxtaposed with modern American life. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Alumine Andrew
This was a GREAT book So happy that I was forced to read it <3Published 1 month ago by Nikki Novello
I found this novel flawed, but am giving it five stars for one reason: the utterly amazing depiction of the characters Iqbal and Nishta and their tormented marriage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by leila
Interesting study of an Indian (Bengali) family who moves to the US, and the cultural differences and how they are resolved, or not...Published 1 month ago by Thikacat
Umrigar's beautiful sentences bring a bustling India to life. The novel starts out in America, though, where Armitai is dying of a brain tumor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Maxwell
This seemed too much like chick lit to me. I was disappointed as the beginning of the book didn't give that impression.Published 2 months ago by Catherine Wierz
I really loved this book. The story of these women and their friendships from college kept me completely engaged. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Perlman