The Story Hour: A Novel

The Story Hour: A Novel

Paperback | July 28, 2015

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 careful...

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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. Cut off from her family in India, and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man, Lakshmi is desperately lonely.Mo...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:July 28, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062259318

ISBN - 13:9780062259318

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent writing I borrowed this book from my daughter who loved it, and I did too. I was sucked in from the very beginning by the writing. I felt as though a friend was telling me a story and I knew all the characters she was telling me about. I gave since read three other books by this author and have not been disappointed. What a gifted storyteller.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story hour Wonderful as always . I could not put this down, it made me laugh and cry. Thrity never disappoints with her amazing stories and this was no exception.
Date published: 2015-04-15

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