Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigars beloved national bestseller The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequela poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India."It isnt the words we speak that make us who we are. Or even the deeds we do. It is the secrets buried in our hearts."Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhimas only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.Bhimas fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, each confessing the truth about their lives and the wounds that haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima pieces together a new life, and together, the two women learn to stand on their own.A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive....
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The Secrets Between Us (Between Us #2) Reviews
I have read a few books by Thrity Umrigar, and I think this is my favourite so far. The Secrets Between Us features some of the same characters as her earlier book The Space Between Us. Set in Mumbai, India, the story focuses on Bhima and Parvati, two older women with difficult pasts living precarious lives. Bhima lives in a slum with her granddaughter, surviving on income made from cleaning and cooking for others. Parvati barely survives by selling six heads of cauliflower every day. Both women ...more
Thrity Umrigar continues the story from her book The Space Between Us with a novel that again portrays Bhima as a woman of character, depth and strength doing her best to accommodate change in her life. So many changes for Bhima on a societal and personal level: the cultural disruption involving class and manners; the progressing role of women; the acknowledgement and acceptance of lesbian relationships; the new life of independence and education for Maya, her granddaughter. Their lives are comp ...more
Although this novel is a sequel to The Space between Us, it is perfectly fine to read as a stand alone. Heartbreaking,yet uplifting with coarse yet authentic dialogue, it had me mesmerized from the very start. Two women, living in the Mumbai slums, find their worlds intersecting as they try to eke out a living,beginning to understand and appreciate one another's strengths. Bhima, coming from a loving marriage, works diligently to try to provide an education for her granddaughter Maya. In the mar ...more
A solid follow-up and finish to The Space Between Us. I do wonder if the author felt compelled to write it in order to give a happy ending to characters that suffered so much during the first book. Much of what happened would have been unlikely in real life and mildly overly serendipitous but the author uses it to continue to examine the choices we make, empathy, and changing attitudes towards traditionalism in society.
It is not absolutely required to read Thrity Umrigar's "The Space Between Us" before reading this book that is a sequel to it. It is however smart to do so -- because the writing in each and learning the background of the characters is so critical to understanding "The Secrets".
Ms. Umrigar's writing is magnificent - her ability to help us understand the setting, the people, the circumstances in which they live matters esp. for those of us who have not experienced cultures outside our own.
What oc ...more
I am so glad the author wrote this sequel - I liked it more than the first book.
This book is so rich: the beautiful writing, the suffering, the connection, life's lessons.
Heartbreaking, and hopeful at the same time. Just like life.
This is a beautiful, moving sequel to Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us. The story picks up after Bhima has been unjustly let go by her longtime employer. Bhima is illiterate, lives in a slum in poverty and has a granddaughter, Maya, who she dearly loves. Bhima takes on two cleaning and cooking jobs. She has always been one who has followed orders and she has always considered herself a person of lower caste. After a tragedy, she helps a neighbor by selling fruit in the market. For the first ...more
THE SECRETS BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar is a beautifully-written and moving sequel to her bestselling novel, THE SPACE BETWEEN US. The sequel could be read as a stand-alone, but the story was even more meaningful to me because of everything I learned about the characters from the first book. Set in modern day Mumbai, THE SECRETS BETWEEN US picks up the story of Bhima, an impoverished servant who struggles against class limitations and sad twists of fate to provide a better life for herself and ...more