The Story Hour: A Novel

The Story Hour: A Novel

Hardcover | August 19, 2014

byThrity Umrigar

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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.

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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...

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From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, love, and second chances.An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she agrees to treat a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates....

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 winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, Cleveland Arts Prize, and Seth Rosenbe...

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Format: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 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