The Space Between Us
“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... show more
“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.
Publish date: February 6th 2007
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
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Gosh, I began this novel with such high hopes!!! It contains some of the most provocative and lyrically poetic prose that I've ever read, but it does not reach any sort of.... well... it just goes no where. I feel smarter about Bombay, and India in general, and I have to admire the fact that the t...
Poignant, evocative, and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and d...
The Space Between Us is set in Bombay, India. It is very far away. I am familiar with it only through literature and TV news snippets. Thrifty Umrigar, the author and a seasoned journalist, draws an exacting picture of the two Bombays that the middle class Sera, a Parsi and Bhima, a Hindu servant in...
This is a gorgeous story about friendship, family relationships and the artificial barriers created between the classes in India. From the first page, I was sucked into the life of Bhima, a hardworking servant to an upper middle class, Parsi housewife named Sera. Bombay is powerfully present as t...
I feel unable to give The Space Between Us an honest starred review, so I'm going to abstain. While it's possibly one of the best books of it's year, if not the decade, it defeated me. The Space Between Us tells the story of two late middle aged woman connected by a lifetime in modern India. Both ha...