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The Story Hour: A Novel
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Critical Praise for The Story Hour:

"With grace, wisdom, and incredible compassion, Thrity Umrigar has woven together the lives of two seemingly dissimilar women who must learn - against steep odds - to forgive each other and themselves. Lakshmi's voice and stories found their way quickly into my heart and didn't let up, or let go. I dare anyone to resist her or this wonderful novel."
- Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

"Thrity Umrigar has an uncanny ability to look deeply into the human heart and find the absolute truth of our lives. The Story Hour is stunning and beautiful. Lakshmi and Maggie will stay with readers for a very long time."
-Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter

"Thrity Umrigar's novel The Story Hour showcases her ability to bring to life characters who are...sympathetic yet flawed in ways we can all relate to... I read deep into the night to find out how their stories end, and I predict you will, too!"
-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Oleander Girl and Sister of My Heart

"Skillful... Much like a therapy session, this deft, well-paced novel contains breakthroughs and growth, and, at its end, leaves the reader wistful that the allotted time on the couch has run out."


"The sixth novel from Umrigar (The Space Between Us) is a deeply moving portrait of connection, disconnection, and missed connections... [T]his compassionate and memorable novel is remarkable for the depth and complexity of its characters."

-Publishers Weekly

"Umrigar's novel begins as a small domestic drama and develops into a forceful examination of identity, cultural isolation and the power of storytelling...An impressive writer, Umrigar delivers another smart, compulsively readable work."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Explores cross-cultural friendships, troubled marriages, love, loss, and forgiveness with [Umrigar's] characteristic wisdom, humor, and warmth... This satisfying, psychologically complex story will appeal to a wide range of readers... its characters are both smart and likable without being sentimental or idealized."
-Library Journal (starred review)

A thoughtful and moving new novel . . . a rich, insightful and very satisfying examination of the unexpected friendships and inevitable misunderstandings and conflicts that arise when two women of completely different backgrounds are thrown together."

-Cleveland Plain Dealer

"A taut, suspenseful page-turner with depth, heart, and psychological credibility whose believable and endearing characters ponder the meaning of friendship, the challenges of marriage, and the value of storytelling itself. . . Its readers may find themselves thrilling to it as to a living world, well and truly heart-struck by its psychological acuity, lyricism, and generosity of spirit."

-Boston Globe

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Previous Books:

The World We Found:
Umrigar is skilled at intertwining the compelling stories of her characters within the setting of political and religious forces that dominate present-day India.. - The Washington Post Read more>

The Weight of Heaven:
Umrigar continues her exploration of cultural divides in this beautifully written and incisive novel about an American couple's experience in India.- Publisher's Weekly Read more>

The Space Between Us: Distance and intimacy; Out of India's seething hotch-potch of humanity Thrity Umrigar has created two vivid female characters, each representative of thousands of real-life Indian women. - The Economist Read more>

First Darling: A poignant and brave exploration of childhood's less lovely spaces, First Darling is a sensitive, vividly-relived memoir that captures the innocence and confusion of a small Indian girl struggling against the paradoxes that rock her life. Told with startling honesty, the memoir paints an unforgettable picture of middle-class life in contemporary Bombay. Read more>

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