I fnished this book for the third time yesterday....why I'm so fascinated with the life of a serial killer I don't know, but this book is amazing.
# Of book read so far this year: 42
Title: The Space Between Us
Author: Thrity Umrigar
Year Published: 2007
Rating (1-10) 10
Date Finished: 10/10/08
Genre: literary fiction
# Of pages: 352
Where did the book come from: PBS
Number in series: n/a
Blurb: Poignant, evocative, and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years. A powerful and perceptive literary masterwork, author Thrity Umrigar's extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.
My Comments: Oh, I could not put this book down! Once I got past the unusual (to me) names, I was flying through the book – yet didn’t want to go too fast as not to see the wonderful writing. This author is now one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read more of her work. She is Indian-American, and speaks with authenticity and authority about her homeland and her people. She describes it in achingly visual terms, and even the smells come through the pages as one reads. Even though this book is set in far-from-me Bombay, India, there are many issues common to all women, and to all men. Domestic violence, alcoholism, poverty, the haves vs. the have nots… all are covered in this rich volume. Read it. Share it. And tell me what you think about it!
Does anyone know of any books that the course of a single day?
I am looking to spend a day reading and I have done that with Return of the Soldier and Mrs. Dalloway and it just seemed to be a real way to slide into the unraveling of the story with a proper appreciation of what can happen in a day.