The Secrets Between Us

The Secrets Between Us

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062442208
Branch Call Number: FIC UMR
Characteristics: viii, 357 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 24, 2019

Loved this book. Cant wait o read one of her other books.
Great writer! Caught my attention in the first sentence

Dec 28, 2018

This is a beautiful and well crafted story. The emotional evocative tale of relationships and people. I loved every minute of it!! Spellbinding!

Nov 12, 2018

I couldn't put down the Space Between Us so I was thrilled when I heard there was a follow up! Both books are beautifully written. The author is so descriptive so it is easy to place yourself in the story. Wonderful characters and dialogue. Looking forward to reading more from this author!

Oct 26, 2018

I was profoundly touched by the author's novel, The Space Between Us, so I checked out this sequel, The Secrets Between Us, when I found out that it was released. In many ways, this book was more powerful to me. The main character is Bhima, the servant who had worked on one household for dozens of years and was fired. (I'll try not to give spoilers.) Her granddaughter Maya also plays a significant role. But the other pivotal character is Parvati, a very old woman who sits scowling on a street corner selling 6 withered cauliflower daily. The interactions between all three, as well as Bhima finding a way to move forward financially and personally are riveting.

I'm grateful that our library has copies of both of these books and I highly recommend them.

Aug 08, 2018

An excellent continuation of "The Space Between Us".

multcolib_susannel Aug 05, 2018

Two elderly women in Mumbai form an unlikely friendship.

K_ROK Jul 30, 2018

Yes, this book was as good as the first. I recommend reading the first book, The Space Between Us before reading The Secrets Between Us. As a reader you will feel more satisfied after the 2nd book if you also read the first. The author is a great writer and it is always nice to be transported to another country, and this author does it beautifully. Enjoy!

Jul 08, 2018

NY recommendation Jun 2018
Somewhat predictable accounting of two East Indian women (Mombai)--one a former prostitute given away at age 5, the other a woman who can't forgive herself for "making" her husband leave her with their son. A grand-daughter, a gay couple, personality extremes and conflicts--well-written, a good summer book.

debwalker May 31, 2018

Two women living in the slums of Mumbai form a tentative business partnership and friendship. Recommended for book clubs.

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