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The Story Hour: A Novel
by Thrity Umrigar

Published: 2014-08-19
Hardcover : 336 pages
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From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second ...

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From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.

Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.

But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.

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by lovelisa (see profile) 06/03/15

 
  "The Story Hour"by Xtremmom (see profile) 02/26/15

This book is about stories told through the relationship of two women, as dissimilar as could be, a black psychologist, age 53 and a Indian uneducated immigrant, age 32. Their friendship crosses the... (read more)

 
  "The Story Hour"by Heathervw (see profile) 01/16/15

Very easy to read book once you get past the intentional grammar mistakes made when reading the parts written in the second language learner's perspective. It was hard to put down, as I was so curious... (read more)

 
  "The Story Hour"by Silversolara (see profile) 10/08/14


Storytelling and helping others was what Lakshmi did best along with her cooking and work ethics. Her life was a story to tell, and she had Maggie to listen and to learn from her stories.
... (read more)

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