The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

Book - 2005
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay." --Washington Post Book World

"Bracingly honest." --New York Times Book Review

The author of Bombay Time,If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umrigar is at adept andcompelling in The Space Between Us--vividlycapturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictivelyreadable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family. A portrayal oftwo woman discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against theconfines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar'scaptivating second novel echoes the timeless intensity of ZoraNeale Hurston's Their Eyes Were WatchingGod, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows inBrooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver's ThePoisonwood Bible--a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060791551
Branch Call Number: UMR
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jan 25, 2018

A haunting story that I keep thinking about. It skillfully weaves a tapestry of friendship and generosity marred by class distinctions. A fascinating window into the oppression of women in India and the inner strength of an illiterate woman who by all appearances has nothing.

Jan 17, 2018

Once again this author delivers a compelling story of women in India. It explores the lives of two women's lives in the various class systems of India. I enjoyed the story; however, it had much sadness and despair for the women. The men are brutal and selfish in their domination over females. I would not necessarily recommend it.

Jun 19, 2017

Okay, looking at previous comments, I obviously do not share the opinions of other readers. I will now explain my rating. But before I do that, I will say the author's character development was excellent, her description of events, the environment was perfect to the point I actually believed I was in the places she described.

And I suppose that was my problem with this book. I felt totally and completely emotionally drained after reading "The Space Between Us." I am one of those people who typically goes to the movies, hoping to escape the realities of life, just for a little while. Usually, I read for the same reason, at least when I read fiction. If I want reality, then I read non-fiction.

I felt compelled to finish reading Umrigar's "Space Between Us," because I felt sure I knew how the book would end. I was wrong, thankfully, but it still left me unsatisfied and it only confirmed what I already knew - there are so many people living in this world who are so desperately poor and there is nothing that can be done about it. And that I find depressing. (And yes, I am for real and I am being totally serious.) Umrigar IS an excellent writer but I find her material too realistic, maybe that is my loss.

Jan 13, 2017

isn't there going to be a movie ...that's coming out April or something ..I just want to know if this is the book?

Sep 03, 2014

The Space Between Us delves into the lves of two families of different socio-economic realms in Bombay. The novel is well written, adeptly puling you into the lives of the interesting characters. The story is pretty bleak which didn't bother me but by the end, I was disappointed that all the men in the novel were disappointments. Life is not a box of chocolates but sometimes you want to believe it. Still I recommend this novel and will read more of Umrigar's work as she has proven that she can pen.

Aggie3 Apr 13, 2014

An incredible story of life. Love, hate, tragedy, relationships, loss and the social divide. Moving story of women for women by a woman. So different from a western style of living yet so relatable.

Jul 02, 2013

A fantastic read for all women. Nobody has a perfect life!

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Bhima, devoted servant, and Sera, her employer, are deeply separate by caste—yet their lives are intertwined by love, deceit and betrayal. Set in two very different households in modern-day Mumbai and witnessed through these two compelling women, journalist Umrigar’s novel vividly captures how the bonds of womanhood are pitted against the divisions of class and culture.

madison382 May 13, 2013

I found this book to be very interesting, it gives you a little insight into the class system in India.

Mar 25, 2013

Bhima has been servant to Sera, a Parsi, for twenty years. Sera is paying for Bhima's granddaughter, Maya, to go to college and break the cycle of poverty her family has always lived. Seems idyllic but of course, underneath is the tension of class, of the haves and have-nots, of loyalty to family vs. the demands of right and wrong. Very well written and very absorbing story.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top