The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A new novel by the author of Bombay Time vividly captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two compelling women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class parsi housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
“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.

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Captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060791551
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 17, 2019

An exhilarating, feverish, heart enhancing story delivered by one of the great Writers of our time. Every page fleshing out the two characters more fully, illustrating a rare grace in a journey of painful lives lived as Women. Although character-driven the lyrical storytelling transported me to Bombay and all its' sensory delights and repugnancy, bringing me into Parsi and Hindu homes with such clarity and stealth I felt like a fly on the walls. If you read only one book this year make it The Space Between Us!

Jul 13, 2019

book group?

Jcheng1234 Apr 17, 2018

A compelling story about the bonding of two women living under different caste in modern Bombay. An upper middle class educated Parsi woman who was married to a physically abusive husband and her loyal 65 years old illiterate Hindu domestic servant whose husband became an alcoholic and left after an industrial accident. Well written story about grief, loss, ill-fated lives of oppressed women in India. I got to know more about India’s tradition and culture and how education and the class you were born in decide your fate and destiny. Good to read but may feel drained after reading the sad and naked truth about life living in slum and under the caste system.

Jan 25, 2018

A haunting story that I keep thinking about. It skillfully weaves a tapestry of friendship and generosity marred by class distinctions. A fascinating window into the oppression of women in India and the inner strength of an illiterate woman who by all appearances has nothing.

Jan 17, 2018

Once again this author delivers a compelling story of women in India. It explores the lives of two women's lives in the various class systems of India. I enjoyed the story; however, it had much sadness and despair for the women. The men are brutal and selfish in their domination over females. I would not necessarily recommend it.

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.

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?

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.

Jul 02, 2013

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

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Sep 17, 2019

"Bhima had never known that hate could have such a jagged edge. That it could feel so uncomfortable, a constant, pressing thing, like a pebble in a shoe or a piece of clothing two sizes too small. Nor had she known of hate's reductive power - how it took every ancient insult, every old betrayal and gathered them all together to settle in one's stomach in a single burning spot. How it soured everything, as if it were a lime squeezed over the whole world."


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