- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (June 26, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153855058X
- ISBN-13: 978-1538550588
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Thrity Umrigar is the author of six novels -- The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time -- and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. The Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University and a journalist for nearly twenty years, she is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and was a 2006 finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
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I started this book after an especially bad day (work, world issues, etc.) - hoping to 'escape' into it. I both couldn't read straight through nor put it down so pulled in was I. You know: the book you don't want to end but are afraid of the outcomes?
"The Secrets Between Us" is a reminder of the remarkable influence of one's birth, one's place of birth and one's circumstances, on one's life. "There but for the grace..." go I, I thought. And yet, as a woman growing older, I found the issues so critical. The invisibility of people who are old, of people of undeserved difficult circumstances, of life lived on the margins, because of perceptions.
How I loved seeing again each of the characters in this book .. well, ok .. not everyone but .. I do not want to write a spoiler! This book will will (re)awaken your humanity. Beautiful and meaningful dialogue throughout; it will draw you in and will cause you to reflect deeply and hopefully to act with greater compassion.
I am grateful to Thrity Umrigar for writing books that touch the soul and the heart and the brain.
The central characters reside in the underbelly of the Mumbai. Each individual struggles to survive the unrelenting poverty, poverty that pulls one into a depth of misery that one can only overcome by the willingness to help another, with less than oneself.
Through the connecting relationships, the figures gain depth and reveal their different tragedies. The author puts forth the theme that an event, though tragic for one, opens opportunity for another. As the characters struggle to break the cycle of poverty, the ideas of entrepreneurship, social equality and justice take hold.
Although written as a sequel, the book stands easily on its own. The story flows smoothly and quickly despite the mild, pervasive melodrama.