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 hearts."Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.Bhima’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, each confessing the truth about their lives and the wounds that haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima pieces together a new life, and together, the two women learn to stand on their own.A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive.

The Secrets Between Us Details

TitleThe Secrets Between Us
Author
ReleaseJun 26th, 2018
PublisherHarper
ISBN-139780062442208
Rating
GenreFiction, Cultural, India, Novels, Glbt, Queer

The Secrets Between Us Review

  • Lisa Cobb Sabatini
    January 1, 1970
    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 putting one foot in front of the other, never realizing 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 putting one foot in front of the other, never realizing that she is, in fact, taking giant steps of hope and of faith in herself. Along the way, she casts out a net that pulls in other women, each a surprise and a challenge to Bhima's ways off thinking about the world and about herself. Will each woman, a castaway in her own way, hang onto hope and find a home?Thrity Umrigar's beautiful, moving novel, The Secrets Between Us, takes readers on a journey through the slums and marketplaces, the caste system and the new emerging society of India, and, most importantly, the hearts and spirits of women.
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  • Alyson
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    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 for Maya, her granddaughter. Their lives are comp 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 for Maya, her granddaughter. Their lives are complicated, navigating old and new customs, past tragedies and pain. Yet, there is an underlying hope for the future that keeps them striving to move beyond the poverty and struggle. The characters in The Secrets Between Us become friends, and the changes in Indian society are portrayed in a meaningful manner. Parvati, who has suffered a lifetime of humiliation and trauma, manages to work her way into the heart of both Bhima and the reader. The author does an amazing feat when she creates a setting in an Indian slum that conveys both the humanity and inhumanity of the situation. An inspiring reminder of the strength of spirit and the power of love in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Immortality in fiction is achieved through the impact the characters have on each other, and on the reader.
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  • Stephanie Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    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 involved, but there was a lot that was unresolved th 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 involved, but there was a lot that was unresolved that was finished in this book. I would definitely recommend this book, but definitely the first one will need to be read to fully understand all that this book encompasses.
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  • kglibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    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 heartache and loss, they also provide much hope and beauty 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 heartache and loss, they also provide much hope and beauty.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Girl Well Read
    January 1, 1970
    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 was her only confident in her otherwise lonely lif 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 was her only confident in her otherwise lonely life. Bhima must now find a way to make ends meet for her and her granddaughter, Maya.Her luck seems to change with the chance meeting with Parvati, a bitter and street-wise older woman. They form an unlikely relationship from acquaintances to business partners. Each woman fills the voids in the other that were created by their pasts. Bhima has made her first true friend.Although set in modern day India, there are some horrific and almost barbaric things that are almost unbelievable in today's society. Then again, we live in the western world and cannot fathom what life is like for women in India, especially poor and illiterate ones. Umrigar's story is about love, loss, struggle, class, and misfortune due to circumstances. Her words read like fine poetry and are a sharp contrast to the cultural brutality that is depicted. I have had the pleasure of reviewing her before, and this certainly won't be the last. Her writing is captivating and thought provoking and I highly recommend this series.
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  • Bonnie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this! Beautiful
  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    I've loved everything I've read by this author.
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