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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,646 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thrity Umrigar Narrator: Purva Bedi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781470337087
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Bestselling author Thrity Umrigar won the Nieman Fellowship and earned a finalist spot for the PEN/Beyond Margins award with The Space between Us. Set in modern-day India, this evocative novel follows upper-middle-class Parsi housewife Sera Dubash and sixty-five-year-old illiterate household worker Bhima as they make their way through life. Though separated by their stations in life, the two women share bonds of womanhood that prove far stronger than the divisions of class or culture. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mel | 2/17/2014

    " I certainly didn't hate this book. I didn't love it based on the very different culture differences. Suppose I just didn't understand a lot of why... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianne Alexander | 2/16/2014

    " I read this because my dear friend recommended it. I love the relationship between Bhima and Sera. I felt unsettled by the ending...I needed more closure for Bhima...I reread the last pages a second time and realize that was the beauty for her... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/8/2014

    " Well written and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debdanz | 2/7/2014

    " Loved this book until the last 3 pages. Felt like I was learning a lot about another culture- or two. And I loved the characters. But, for me the ending was extremely depressing. As a middle class white American woman, I've been raised that justice is necessary for a happy ending. Enduring trials might make for a satisfying or sufficient enough life, but it makes for a very sad book. This one was heart breaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 2/7/2014

    " A lot of insight about the caste system in this book. Sad, but hopeful in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 1/27/2014

    " Loved this book...highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari Dobak | 1/23/2014

    " Incredible, heartbreaking and insightful. The story of an unlikely friendship between women of different castes in India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 1/20/2014

    " Beautiful book about human relationships, especially between women and challenged by antiquated traditions. I was moved by these women as they experienced seemingly obvious, but no less transformative, revelations. Superbly written. Although the relationship between Bhima and Sera is thwarted by class relations in India, it is a relatable story about how any culture's or family's beliefs can color our experiences, for better or worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lillian P | 1/16/2014

    " Very good b I really enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Horowitz | 1/16/2014

    " wonderful and subtle "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/11/2014

    " This was a library book club choice that I would not have picked up on my own. Having said that, I give it a 4.5. A wonderfully woven story of the lives of people I know very little about. It has opened my eyes considerably to a world vastly different than my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grace | 12/24/2013

    " Excellent book - I plan on reading more of this authors novels. Beautifully written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/19/2013

    " Very well-written so enjoyable to read in that way, but also very sad! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine Bailey | 12/4/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book...up to a certain point. Then it just got dreadfully sad and the ending was somewhat trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/1/2013

    " Very interesting story that reminded me a bit of The Help as this story is in part about the relationship between a servant and the woman she works for. It is the stories of two strong women and how they survive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 11/9/2013

    " Beautifully-written novel that you would think would leave you full of despair, but somehow ends with hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bevbookgroup | 10/25/2013

    " 3.75 stars was the general consensus! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prital Nicholls | 10/14/2013

    " Story about the relationships between two families across the classes, servant / employee. The endless struggle of people like Bhima, the protagonist in this book. Insight into modern day Bombay life and culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tory | 9/24/2013

    " heartbreaking and lovely "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 9/5/2013

    " I liked this book - it was beautifully written but everyone talked about the profound truth of it, and I'm not sure I got it, and that makes me sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanchana Ayyar | 8/7/2013

    " A clash between classes is what drives the reader through this book. Umrigar has a simple narrative style making the book an easy read and it isn't till you finish the last page that the depth of its content hits you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louisa | 7/15/2013

    " How truth can hurt, and with the same cut, be liberating "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne Kozlowski | 6/9/2013

    " Beautiful book...the relationships are developed intensely within a torn society and amongst old customs. The atmosphere of India is profoundly present in the book and you really get a taste of the culture. Love the realization and ability to look within at the end... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcy | 6/1/2013

    " Well written. Good character development - main characters are complex: well-meaning and flawed. Felt it was a good description of class differences/struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/29/2013

    " This book was very engaging, but about half-way through it got really depressing. I found myself skimming the last 20-30 pages just to make it stop! That poor woman! Such an awful existence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 3/4/2013

    " Loved this flea market find!!!!Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria Dudley | 2/28/2013

    " A very emotional story. I couldn't put it down! "

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About the Narrator

Purva Bedi is an Indian-American actress. Her acting credits include the films American Desi and Cosmopolitan, as well as appearances on the television shows House and Gossip Girl.