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
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
GenreFiction, Cultural, India, Literary Fiction, Adult

Reviews The Secrets Between Us

  • Angela M
    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...
  • Alyson
    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.
  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    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...
  • Mainlinebooker
    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...
  • Carol
    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
    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.
  • Ann
    I've loved everything I've read by this author.
  • Tina
    The Secrets Between Us picks up seamlessly where The Space Between Us left off, three days after Bhima was fired from her servitude with Sera’s family. Introduced in this story is Parvati, the cauliflower vendor at the farmer’s market, who was mentioned briefly in Space. Fast forward one year and Bhima is working in several homes including Mrs. Motorcyclewalla and Sunita, a journalist whose girlfriend, Chitra, has moved in. Maya is back in co...
  • Judi
    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 ne...
  • Nancy
    In a riveting follow-up to her excellent 2006 novel The Space Between Us, Umrigar again evokes the realities of the slums of modern-day Mumbai, where hardship threatens hope at every turn. Poor and illiterate Bhima, having lost her longtime job as a servant in the wealthy Dubash family, must find a new way to make a living for herself and her college student granddaughter Maya. In the local market, Bhima meets a bitter, older woman even more impo...
  • Eileen
    I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book from Edelweiss+, in exchange for an honest review. It will make you cry and it will fill your heart with hope. The Secrets Between Us is a fantastic follow up to Umrigar's "The Space Between Us". It is a natural progression of the story that begins where the first book ended. A powerful, heart wrenching book that opens your eyes to the strength of traditions in an ever changing wor...
  • Stephanie Nelson
    I just finished reading this book and I loved it. About a week or so ago I had put a brief review on here saying that I wasn't that fond of the first book The Space Between Us because it was hard to get through. I think the coarse way that they were treating each other was just hard for me to swallow, because I am just not like that myself. I can definitely say this story was a lot better on my heart then the first book. There was some sadness in...
  • kglibrarian
    In this moving sequel to her 2006 bestselling The Space Between Us, Umrigar takes us deep into the lives of two impoverished Indian women living in Mumbai. The author explores the class system of India, challenges the patriarchal paradigm, and, through several younger characters, examines the way modern women interpret and react to the traditions of their culture. Her writing is elegant and evocative, and though the pages are filled with heartach...
  • Kari
    "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." Thrity Umrigar's new novel, The Secrets Between Us, is a soul searching story of lives changed, friendships formed and peace found—all in the slums of Mumbai. This novel gives its readers much to ponder—how could our lives change if we faced our own prejudices, insecurities, and hurts? Umrigar delivers a testament to healing...
  • Girl Well Read
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Part two of the Between Us series by Thrity Umrigar picks up on Bhima's story from The Space Between Us. Bhima had been a servant for the last 20 years and she lost her job when she spoke up against a crime that was committed against her family. What is more painful to her than losing her job is the loss of the relationship with her former employer, Sera, who ...
  • Bonnie
    Loved this! Beautiful