The Space Between Us

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The Space Between Us

By Thrity Umrigar

William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780060791551, 336pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2006

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, andThe 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.

Praise For The Space Between Us

-Entertainment Weekly

“Intimately and compassionately told.... Sensuous.... Umrigar’s memorable characters will live on for a long time.”
-Frances Itani, Washington Post Book World

“Umrigar is a highly skilled storyteller...the novel’s plot and depth of characterisation provide irresistible momentum.”
-Time Out New York

“Sadness suffuses this eloquent tale, whose heart-stopping plot twists reveal the ferocity of fate.”
-Booklist (starred review)

“[The Space Between Us] is provocative and disturbing.”
-Boston Globe

“[A] powerful novel.”
-National Post (Canada)

“Heartbreaking.... A subtle, elegant analysis of class and power... that quietly roars against tyranny.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Umrigar is a perceptive and often piercing writer.”
-New York Times Book Review

“With humanity and suspense, novelist Thrity Umrigar tackles love, loyalty, injustice - and survival.”
-Marie Claire

“[Umrigar] displays an impressive talent for conceiving multidimensional, sympathetic characters with life-like emotional quandaries and psychological stumbling blocks.”
-Washington Post Book World, Praise for Bombay Time