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The Story Hour: A Novel (P.S.)
by Thrity Umrigar

Published: 2015-07-28
Paperback : 352 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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  "the story hour"by Carolynr (see profile) 08/21/19

2.5 rounded up SPOILER ALERT
I'm glad i read this book, but it had a lot of flaws for me. Maggie isn't a likable character and really messes up. Lakshima at least has some excuse for her
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  "A read that stimulates growth"by pamwhj (see profile) 02/03/16

This story builds and grows, as the reader observes the interaction between these two characters. I felt myself relating to many scenarios and was again reminded that, in life, we are not perfect; there... (read more)

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