The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
A Novel (P.S.)

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“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.

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THRITY UMRIGAR was born in Bombay to an affluent and close-knit Parsi family. At twenty-one, she came to North America and received a master’s degree in journalism from the Ohio State University. She is the acclaimed author of Bombay Time, The Weight of Heaven, and First Darling of the Morning, a memoir. The Space Between Us was a bestseller in India and a #1 Book Sense pick in the U.S. Umrigar teaches creative writing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Visit her website at
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 352 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In this novel, mistress and servant can love but not touch.

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Umrigar masterfully depicts the paradox of Sera's desire to strengthen her bond with Bhima --- to help her and her family --- with her uneasiness as Sera is dragged further and further down into the muck and bog of Bhima's life, her world of filthy slums and political indifference.

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The Space Between Us (2006) The Space Between Us , a melodrama set in modern Bombay, focuses on Bhima, a slum-dwelling servant struggling to make a life for herself and… 2006-01-01 Thrity Umrigar ...

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It is the story of how injustices are committed, little ones that are paid no heed to by anyone, but which are big enough to harm the psyche of the person who bears the brunt.

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India Today

It's the story of two middle-aged women protagonists and their interwoven lives-Sera Dubash and her maid servant Bhima.

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