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The Secrets Between Us

A Novel

by Thrity Umrigar

On Sale: 06/26/2018

Price: $27.99

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The Secrets Between Us

A Novel

by Thrity Umrigar

On Sale: 06/26/2018

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Price: $27.99

About the Book

Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigar’s beloved national bestseller The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequel—a 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 isn’t 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 Bhima’s 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.

Bhima’s 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.

Critical Praise

“Umrigar’s writing is vivid and elegant in its specificity, and the story is as resilient as its characters.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[The Secrets Between Us] provides an almost “Siddhartha”-esque experience of sharing a character’s spiritual journey, as the plot takes Bhima and Parvati to places where they must question their preconceptions, search their souls and ultimately change.” - Newsday

“[Umrigar’s] amazing cast is coupled with shining prose and a plot that consistently startles and gratifies. This splendid tale should appeal to all readers with open hearts, regardless of their familiarity with the previous work or the culture of Mumbai. - Publishers Weekly

“The women at the heart of this novel inhabit the harsh world of the urban Indian poor, and struggle separately and together for dignity and survival. Thrity Umrigar has written a moving human tale that vividly brings to life both the women and the city of Mumbai.”  - Salman Rushdie

“The Secrets Between Us is one of those books I want to shout about from the rooftops... [for] everyone to experience the depth and beauty of the author’s writing.” - All About Romance

“[W]onderful….  [Umrigar] knocked it out of the park with this one.  Her writing is beautifully descriptive and her characters are absolutely fabulous.” - BermudaOnion’s Weblog

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062442208
  • ISBN 10: 0062442201
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 06/26/2018
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.170 in (d)
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: $27.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Sagas
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life