The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

The Secrets Between Us

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...


Details The Secrets Between Us

TitleThe Secrets Between Us
ISBN9780062442208
Author
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherHarper
GenreFiction, Cultural, India, Literary Fiction
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Reviews The Secrets Between Us

  • Will Byrnes
    1970-01-01
    “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.” ---------------------------------------Is it the special curse of women, to keep other people’s secrets and carry their shame? What would happen, she wonders, if all of them…simply put down their loads one day and refused to pick them up again? Bhima is 65 years old, illiterate, and newly sacked. In her wonderful 2006...
  • Angela M
    1970-01-01
    From the beginning, I was drawn in by the writing as I remember being when I read The Space Between Us. The story of Bhima, a poor servant continues as she works two jobs struggling to provide for her granddaughter Maya. I immediately felt as if I was back in the awful conditions, the poverty and dangers of a slum in Mumbai. It’s hard to believe that this is modern day India, but a quick internet search will lead you to numerous articles on the...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    Grateful is how I am feeling. Grateful for this story that has threaded its way into my heart and makes me appreciate the life I have. For although there is always something that could be better, the lives of these women will make you rethink the positives and at least, temporarily, discard the negatives.The sequel to the space between us, continues in this exquisite tale of a Woman, Bhima, who struggles with poverty and bringing up her only gran...
  • Esil
    1970-01-01
    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 sell...
  • Alyson
    1970-01-01
    Can I give this 6 stars? Everyone needs to read The Space Between Us and then get ready to read this when it comes out.
  • Jeanette
    1970-01-01
    This is a favorite author and her tales are never boring. And they highlight Indian cities and life during the most modern times of change.Having said that, I also have to post this. That this is so sad and filled with tragedy that it can hardly be held as an "enjoyable" read. I stopped 1/2 way through for some days while reading much lighter and more joyful. If you like the "light at the end of the tunnel" kind of development of hope or toleranc...
  • Carla Suto
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Mainlinebooker
    1970-01-01
    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 a...
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    1970-01-01
    I won an Uncorrected Proof of The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar from Goodreads.A powerful and empowering story about women, the bonds they forge, and the embers of hope they keep aflame, The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar is a formidable novel for our times.Bhima must find a way not only to survive, but also to keep her granddaughter in college. Having been cast out by her longtime employer, feeling lost and alone, Bhima keeps puttin...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    I've loved everything I've read by this author.
  • Joan Eisenstodt
    1970-01-01
    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 hav...
  • Gaele
    1970-01-01
    Not quite knowing what to expect, the story instantly brought me to Bhima as she is continuing her journey to find a place in the world that is fulfilling and her own, despite the slums that surround her, the challenges, and the never ending list of things to do, get, or overcome. The one constant in Bhima’s day is the challenges, and these range from simple: earning enough for food and a roof over her head, to the struggle to provide for her g...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    An incredible follow-up to what remains my favorite book of all time, The Space Between Us. Lyrical depiction of relationships, gender, societal change -- all set in Mumbai, which is itself a character in this real-to-life novel. A powerful book.
  • Ellen
    1970-01-01
    Sequels often lose the power of the first book, but Umrigar offers up a strong, moving finish for the characters we meet in The Space Between Us. Bhima is living in poverty with her granddaughter, Maya. Bhima’s efforts are all on behalf of the effort to ensure Maya go to college and escape the life she has had, working always for others. A new complex character, Pavarti, becomes key in Bhima’s life as she and Bhima struggle against their past...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    I read the first book, The Space Between Us and loved it. I intended to read this one shortly thereafter and was sidetracked. Thankfully this weekend, I was able to read this book and it was like no time had passed since I had read the first! To be fair, if you missed the first book you probably could read this one without feeling like you missed something. Thrity Umrigar has such a poetic, beautiful writing style that I just fall in love with ...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This is the sequel to her compelling "The Space Between Us" that I read and rated 4.5. Umrigar outdid herself with this coninuation of Bhimi and Sera's story of friendship and betrayal with the addition of another great character, Parvati. Although this is a work of fiction, I'm painfully aware that many women do lead extremely difficult lives but they still manage to hold onto their pride and their dignity. This book has taught me that I must be...
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Shae Johnson
    1970-01-01
    What a great story! It is about two Indian widows who meet, don’t like each other, but finally reveal each other’s lives to each other. It is about accepting people for who they are without judgement. It is about compassion, understanding, and love for your fellow man/woman. It is about when you show compassion for others, you begin to live yourself. Really a good book! I highly recommend.
  • Andrea
    1970-01-01
    4.5 Finally a sequel that dares not to disappoint. Can also be read as a stand alone as she provides enough references to her amazing Space Between Us. This author is both a poet whose writing exudes eloquence and an artist as her descriptions paint portraits of her characters and their surroundings. This is a must read!!!
  • Roryz
    1970-01-01
    I first discovered Umrigar when I lived in Ohio- she is on the faculty at Case Western Reserve . Although her books are about people from different backgrounds and culture, her stories are compelling and I find myself enthralled with every word. For the most part, she writes about women and their problems- marginalized, frozen in a society that treats them badly, but what stories their lives make! I’m also glad to have finished an Umrigar book.
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    Tears. And book hangover. And allllllll the feels. I will update this further later.
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Devoured it. The horrors of poverty in modern India; the triumph of opening one’s heart; of trusting; friendship; sharing the secrets that we wear as an albatross around our hearts!
  • Karen Raskin
    1970-01-01
    Despite depictions of terrible poverty in modern India, this book has an endearing sweetness to it (but which veers on being too simple). Overall a very good read, despite fairy tale ending.
  • Gail Nelson
    1970-01-01
    I just loved this one!
  • Nez
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Lauren Bernard
    1970-01-01
    I loved this one just as much as the first. Adored the characters, cried my eyes out. A fantastic book.
  • Tracy
    1970-01-01
    So many phrases from this book I meant to save.....so beautifully written! Sometimes you think it's the people who are different form you that can't see what's going on around you...and sometimes you find out it's you who isn't seeing.
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    As always, Umrigar’s writing is beautiful and haunting. This story of two widows living in the slums of Mumbai, each burdened by her secrets, is full of hope and love.
  • Pree Bee
    1970-01-01
    When you thought sequels could never be better than the first book, this one out shines the first, imho. I didn't want to like this book, because I had loved the first book so much. The open ending.I went to a book discussion recently where Thrity herself was there, and she mentioned she hated the idea of a sequel and loved open endings, yet so many people has written to her for a sequel.I had no idea the sequel would be as moving, like an emotio...