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Author: Thrity Umrigar Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780062848246
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Umrigar has written a moving human tale that vividly brings to life both the women and the city of Mumbai.”

    Salman Rushdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Umrigar’s writing is vivid and elegant in its specificity, and the story is as resilient as its characters.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Provides an almost ‘Siddhartha’-esque experience of sharing a character’s spiritual journey.”


  • “Bolstered by a shared ethnicity with Umrigar’s memorable characters, Mathan shifts fluidly between accents, ages, and backgrounds in this moving story of Mumbai’s poorest residents. Mathan proves to be Umrigar’s ideal collaborator.”

    Booklist (starred audio review)

  • “Sneha Mathan is an excellent choice to narrate…She captures the tensions between Bhima and her granddaughter, Maya, by establishing different personas for the very different women…Mathan’s accurate pronunciation of Indian names, words, and phrases makes the listening experience more authentic…This is a rich listening experience.”


  • “A powerful, urgent novel that wields issues of gender and class like a blade.”

    Wiley Cash, author of The Last Ballad

  • “Bhima and Parvati, two proud, aging women…jump from these pages big and true as life, striving, surviving, learning to hope…Another brilliant powerhouse of a novel.”

    Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk

  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice of 2018's Top Audiobooks
  • On the ALA Listen List for Outstanding Audiobook Narration
  • Finalist for the 2019 Indies Choice Book Award for Audiobook of the Year

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About the Author

Thrity Umrigar is the author of several novels and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Seth Rosenberg Prize. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case-Western Reserve University.

About the Narrator

Sneha Mathan spent a peripatetic childhood in India, punctuated by a short spell in the Seychelles. Now fixedly based in Seattle, she works as a voice actor and audiobook narrator. Her audiobook work has received four Earphones Awards, and she is a two-time finalist for the Audie Award.