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The Story Hour: A Novel

byThrity Umrigar

Hardcover | August 19, 2014

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From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.

Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.

But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.

Thrity Umrigar is the author of five other novels—The World We Found,The Weight of Heaven,The Space Between Us,If Today Be Sweet, andBombay Time—and the memoirFirst Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to theWashington Post,Boston Globe, andHuffington Post, among other publications. She is the...
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Title:The Story Hour: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.09 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006225930X

ISBN - 13:9780062259301

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Thoroughly enjoy this novel.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it A good study into the developing relationship of two women who find they need each other. Pace was good and ending was o.k. Took me a couple of days to read it at a leisurely pace.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from if you are looking for a book hangover.. this is the one This is not a book I would typically read, but it was recommended to me by a friend, so grateful for this guy! Despite being blindsided by deception and suffering a massive book hangover, I am glad that I took the time to read this book. The Story Hour is a captivating account that intertwines the stories of two women: Lakshmi, an Indian woman who lives in America and Maggie, an African American psychiatrist. They are brought together by a friendship that crosses many boundary violations after Lakshmi's failed suicide attempt. They tell their stories revealed through a series of emotional flashbacks, which repeatedly punch you in the heart. And the ending... ...when self sacrifice, guilt, isolation, and unhappiness blurs your sense of self identity... ...learning to live for yourself becomes a pivotal point of rational and cogent thoughts complimentary of forgiveness...
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the greatest ending While I was reading this book I was very interested in the characters but I did not like how it ended. It ended sort of abruptly and it was a bit confusing.
Date published: 2015-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! The alternating perspectives were very well-written and descriptive; the novel is presented in a unique manner and helps you identify with the main characters and have you rooting for them throughout the book. Character and plot developments were intriguing and keeps you reading on to find out more.
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wonderful read This was a wonderfully written book. The characters were well defined and the story held my interest until the very end.
Date published: 2014-11-03

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“I was hooked immediately…. The book will make a great movie…with actresses vying for the roles of these strong, unforgettable characters.”