The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

Book - 2007
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"This is a story intimately and compassionately told against 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 as adept and compelling in The Space Between Us--vividly capturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family. A portrayal of two women discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against the confines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar's captivating second novel echoes the timeless intensity of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible--a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2007.
ISBN: 9780060791568
9780060791551
0060791551
006079156X
Characteristics: 321, 16 p. ;,21 cm.

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Ricegirl1959
Jun 19, 2017

Okay, looking at previous comments, I obviously do not share the opinions of other readers. I will now explain my rating. But before I do that, I will say the author's character development was excellent, her description of events, the environment was perfect to the point I actually believed I was in the places she described.

And I suppose that was my problem with this book. I felt totally and completely emotionally drained after reading "The Space Between Us." I am one of those people who typically goes to the movies, hoping to escape the realities of life, just for a little while. Usually, I read for the same reason, at least when I read fiction. If I want reality, then I read non-fiction.

I felt compelled to finish reading Umrigar's "Space Between Us," because I felt sure I knew how the book would end. I was wrong, thankfully, but it still left me unsatisfied and it only confirmed what I already knew - there are so many people living in this world who are so desperately poor and there is nothing that can be done about it. And that I find depressing. (And yes, I am for real and I am being totally serious.) Umrigar IS an excellent writer but I find her material too realistic, maybe that is my loss.

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Al_Betsi
Jan 13, 2017

isn't there going to be a movie ...that's coming out April or something ..I just want to know if this is the book?

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funky_d
Sep 03, 2014

The Space Between Us delves into the lves of two families of different socio-economic realms in Bombay. The novel is well written, adeptly puling you into the lives of the interesting characters. The story is pretty bleak which didn't bother me but by the end, I was disappointed that all the men in the novel were disappointments. Life is not a box of chocolates but sometimes you want to believe it. Still I recommend this novel and will read more of Umrigar's work as she has proven that she can pen.

Aggie3 Apr 13, 2014

An incredible story of life. Love, hate, tragedy, relationships, loss and the social divide. Moving story of women for women by a woman. So different from a western style of living yet so relatable.

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Daastan
Jul 02, 2013

A fantastic read for all women. Nobody has a perfect life!

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Bhima, devoted servant, and Sera, her employer, are deeply separate by caste—yet their lives are intertwined by love, deceit and betrayal. Set in two very different households in modern-day Mumbai and witnessed through these two compelling women, journalist Umrigar’s novel vividly captures how the bonds of womanhood are pitted against the divisions of class and culture.

madison382 May 13, 2013

I found this book to be very interesting, it gives you a little insight into the class system in India.

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GLNovak
Mar 25, 2013

Bhima has been servant to Sera, a Parsi, for twenty years. Sera is paying for Bhima's granddaughter, Maya, to go to college and break the cycle of poverty her family has always lived. Seems idyllic but of course, underneath is the tension of class, of the haves and have-nots, of loyalty to family vs. the demands of right and wrong. Very well written and very absorbing story.

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camery
Feb 26, 2013

could you please save four copies

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muffin0321
Nov 03, 2012

If you liked the "help" you will love this book. Characters so well developed. Read this book some time ago but story stays with me. This is a great author and her new book "the world we found" is equally enjoyable.

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