The Space Between Us: A Novel (Paperback)
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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.
“With humanity and suspense, novelist Thrity Umrigar tackles love, loyalty, injustice - and survival.”
“[Umrigar] displays an impressive talent for conceiving multidimensional, sympathetic characters with life-like emotional quandaries and psychological stumbling blocks.”
“Sadness suffuses this eloquent tale, whose heart-stopping plot twists reveal the ferocity of fate.”
“Heartbreaking.... A subtle, elegant analysis of class and power... that quietly roars against tyranny.”
“Intimately and compassionately told.... Sensuous.... Umrigar’s memorable characters will live on for a long time.”
“Umrigar is a perceptive and often piercing writer.”
“[The Space Between Us] is provocative and disturbing.”
“[A] powerful novel.”
“Umrigar is a highly skilled storyteller...the novel’s plot and depth of characterisation provide irresistible momentum.”