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Thrity Umrigar is the author of seven novels Everybody’s Son, The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time; a memoir, First Darling of the Morning; and a children’s picture book, When I Carried You in My Belly. A former journalist, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and was a finalist for the PEN Beyond Margins Award.

The Space Between Us book. Thrity Umrigar - image from the Washington Post. Through the eyes of these women we get a taste of how life is lived on either side of the class tracks in India today. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling. Sera cannot expunge her class biases, her racism. Bhima always seems to fall back on low class subservience even when she is in the right.

The Space Between Us is the second novel by Thrity Umrigar, published by William Morrow and Company in January 2006. Set in present-day Mumbai, India, the novel follows the lives of two women: Serabai Dubash, an upper-middle-class widow, and her domestic servant, Bhima. The pair experience similar situations in their lives: abuse, the death or absence of a husband, a pregnant dependent, and the hope for a better future.

Also by Thrity Umrigar. Bhima’s like family to us, she’d often overheard Serabai say to her friends, and even though Bhima choked a bit on the qualifier, she was smart enough to appreciate the sheer good luck of serving a family this generous, of a mistress who was willing to incur the ridicule and even the outrage of her friends by making such a declaration.

The Space Between Us: A Novel. This is a story intimately and compassionately told against the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay. Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest

The Space Between Us: A Novel. Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest.

The Space Between Us. 383 printed pages. Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest

The Space Between Us.

96 quotes from Thrity Umrigar: 'Or perhaps is is that time doesn't heal wounds at all, perhaps that is the biggest lie of. .And yet the body remains a mystery, a book that we have never read

96 quotes from Thrity Umrigar: 'Or perhaps is is that time doesn't heal wounds at all, perhaps that is the biggest lie of.And yet the body remains a mystery, a book that we have never read. Sera plays with this irony, toys with it as if it were a puzzle: How, despite our lifelong preoccupation with our bodies, we have never met face-to-face with our kidneys, how we wouldn't recognize our own liver in a row of livers, how we have never seen our own heart or brain. We know more about the depths of the ocean, are more acquainted with the far corners of outer sp.

The Space Between Us is a novel of relationships. Thrity Umrigar has a striking talent for portraying pain and suffering and the sheer unfairness of life. Bhima lives in a Bombay slum, a place of extreme poverty where dwellers spend hours queuing for water and live amid the constant stench of open drains. Each day Bhima goes to work in the Dubash household as a servant to Sera Dubash, a rich widow. She creates sympathetic portrayals of both women, particularly Bhima, who becomes the main protagonist of the story.

Thrity Umrigar's "The Secrets Between Us," released today in paperback, is an Ohioana Award finalist in fiction .

Thrity Umrigar's "The Secrets Between Us," released today in paperback, is an Ohioana Award finalist in fiction (Photo by Robert Muller).

Thrity Umrigar is the author of seven novels Everybody’s Son, The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time; a memoir, First Darling of the Morning; and a children’s picture book, When I Carried You in My Belly.

“This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay.” —Washington Post Book World  “Bracingly honest.” —New York Times Book Review  The author of Bombay Time,If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umrigar is at adept andcompelling in The Space Between Us—vividlycapturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictivelyreadable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family. A portrayal oftwo woman discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against theconfines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar’scaptivating second novel echoes the timeless intensity of ZoraNeale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were WatchingGod, Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows inBrooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver’s ThePoisonwood Bible—a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.

Comments: (7)

GEL
This is a dark tale that reveals the horror of life as lived by women and children caught in a world where they are cherished less than nothing except as objects to be used by those who have more power. I put the book down because it was dark, but I picked it back up because I had hope that something good would come. I think this is not the reality of those who have nothing and cannot believe that this is all there is. The poor of India are not so different from those in other countries. The mixing of wealthy classes with the poor was the setting. Women who could’ve helped women less fortunate did not get involved because their men had to be pleased. One wealthy woman who loved her poor housekeeper through the years ends up turning her out to the wolves because she thought she was actually a better human and she supported her son in law who was a lout. The novel concludes with a two page ending describing an old, arthritic heroine as finding freedom as she buys balloons. I found the ending to be disappointing because all through this book, it seemed to be the author’s intent that, Abhima, coming from her lower caste had no choices when it came to providing food and shelter for herself and her granddaughter except to take the crumbs of injustice that fell from a wealthy woman. It seemed the reader dropped off the ledge of desperation to an ethereal cloud of hope. The ending was anticlimactic. However, I gave a four star rating because the conditions of women with or without children are repeated the world over though with differing opinions conditions. The battle today to bring abusive men to task is the same and women should support women, but it cannot be done without the support of good men. Some countries have made more progress than others. This is a universal theme.
Obong
Very easy to enjoy! It was fascinating to read about people and life in India. I could literally hear the people's voices (thinking of Indian friends that I know in the US) and phrasing in my mind as I read this book. The story was dramatic and thought-provoking - my book club had a long discussion about the issues represented. At times, I did not enjoy the sequence (forward backward forward etc) of the writing, but it wasn't a serious problem. It's a book that I plan to keep.
Kabandis
The Space Between Us is the story of two women, their families, their loves, their heartbreaks and their division by class. Bhima is a servant to Sera, and while they have become friends in a sense, they will always be divided by class, and family will always top friendship.

I wanted to dislike both Bhima and Sera for their actions (Bhima to her granddaughter, Maya, and Sera to Bhima), but its hard to dislike them after reading their true thoughts in the next sentence.

I really enjoyed this book and purchased it to read before the sequel, The Secrets Between Us.
Prinna
I could not put this book down from the moment I began to read. The characters are beautifully drawn out, and the writing superb. It's one of those books where the story just stays with you. Life in Bombay with it's sharp lines between poverty and wealth. The significance of the educated over the uneducated. The trials and hardships of women dominated by men. The main character of this book has been a servant to a higher class and well educated family for so many years the ties become as strong as family. Yet with their class discrepancies do they really know one another? When one is betrayed are blood ties more meaningful than family ties? This book tackles so many deep questions while also being a simple story of daily life.
Weiehan
This was a compelling novel that held my interest throughout. It was disturbing and frustrating alike. Disturbing because the women in this novel are subservient and beholden to men, and all the men are mean and entirely self-serving. Frustrating because the main character, an old, illiterate woman who lives in a Bombay slum with her granddaughter, lacks any confidence and self-worth. The elderly Bhima works as a servant for Sera; both women and their respective marriages are fascinating. Their characters are very well articulated. I could (almost) always guess how each one would react to something based on how well their natures were explained. Thrity Umrigar writes brilliantly and sensually. A very powerful novel.
Jeb
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.

'The Space Between Us' is a perfect title for the story of two women.

Set in India...Bhima of low caste, and Sera of upper class. Dark skinned and light skinned. Illiterate and educated. Poor and of means. Slum and uptown.

Bhima is the servant of Sera for many, many years...witnessing the goings on and always being there supportive to her special family. Sera too has championed Bhima in her need as well.

Sera, her mistress, who deigns at times to treat Bhima with equality and respect and at other times, refuses to allow Bhima to sit on her furniture and eat on her dishes.

Both women have had husbands, children, in laws...challenges, abuse and courage to somehow get thru.

They are alike but they are different.

Ultimately as the story unfolds the reader learns the secrets, the bond, and the walls between them.

The emotions expressed in the two main characters' thoughts and words are uncanny in ability to say so much. So much that every woman might have visited at a time or heard at a time.

I just cannot get over the wonder of Thrity!
The Space Between Us download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Thrity Umrigar
ISBN: 006112124X
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: WmMorrow (March 27, 2007)
Pages: 468 pages