From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space between Us comes a profound,
heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, love, and second chances.
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains
emotional distance from her patients. But when she agrees to treat a young
Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment
disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, and trapped in a loveless
marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant
and grocery store, Lakshmi is desperately lonely.
Moved by Lakshmi’s plight, Maggie offers to see her as an
outpatient for free. In the course of their first sessions in Maggie’s home
office, she quickly realizes that what Lakshmi really needs is not a shrink but
a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own
right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient become close. Even
though they seemingly have nothing in common, both women are haunted by loss
and truths that they are afraid to reveal.
However, crossing professional boundaries has its price. As
Maggie and Lakshmi’s relationship deepens, long-buried secrets come to light
that shake their faith in each other and force them to confront painful choices
in their own lives.
With Thrity Umrigar’s remarkable sensitivity and singular
gift for an absorbing narrative, The
Story Hour explores the bonds of friendship and the margins of forgiveness. Download and start listening now!