The Space Between Us: A Novel

Paperback | October 11, 2016

byThrity Umrigar

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The national bestselling novel—from the author of Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven—vividly captures the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family—now available in a limited Olive Edition.

“Umrigar is a skilled storyteller, and her memorable characters will live on for a long time.”—Washington Post Book World

Set in modern-day India, The Space Between Us 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 disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years.

A powerful and perceptive literary masterwork, author Thrity Umrigar's extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.

Poignant, evocative, and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world.

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The national bestselling novel—from the author of Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven—vividly captures the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family—now available in a limited Olive Edition.“Umrigar is a skilled storyteller, and her mem...

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LIMITED EDITION“Perhaps there are no phantom pains at all; perhaps all pain is real; perhaps each long-ago blow lives on into eternity in some different permutation and shape.”

Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American writer, who was born in Mumbai. She received her Bachelors of Science from Bombay University. She immigrated to the United States when she was 21.She then went on to earn her M.A. From Ohio State and her Phd from Kent State University. She is a journalist and the author of the novels Bombay Time, Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.12 × 4.5 × 0.96 inPublished:October 11, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062564641

ISBN - 13:9780062564641

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok. I was expecting more from this story. Guess I've been spoiled by A Fine Balance and The Kite Runner. I felt so dissatisfied by the ending.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The space between us Real lives and circumstances. The characters rich and human with their flaws, weaknesses and strengths. One of the best books l have read in some time.
Date published: 2015-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Space Between Us Relatively simple but enjoyable story.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Space Between Us Excellent from start to finish.
Date published: 2013-07-04

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“Umrigar is a highly skilled storyteller...the novel’s plot and depth of characterisation provide irresistible momentum.”