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Author: Thrity Umrigar Narrator: Sneha Mathan Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 ISBN: 9781629239224
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Past misdeeds threaten the friendship of a psychologist and her immigrant patient in a fictional tale that asks: Are we more than the sum of our mistakes?”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[A] thoughtful and moving new novel.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A taut, suspenseful page-turner with depth, heart, and psychological credibility whose believable and enduring characters ponder the meaning of friendship, the challenges of marriage, and the value of storytelling itself.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Explores cross-cultural friendships, troubled marriages, love, loss, and forgiveness with [Umrigar’s] characteristic wisdom, humor, and warmth…This satisfying, psychologically complex story will appeal to a wide range of readers…its characters are both smart and likable without being sentimental or idealized.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The sixth novel from Umrigar (The Space Between Us) is a deeply moving portrait of connection, disconnection, and missed connections…[T]his compassionate and memorable novel is remarkable for the depth and complexity of its characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Umrigar’s novel begins as a small domestic drama and develops into a forceful examination of identity, cultural isolation and the power of storytelling…An impressive writer, Umrigar delivers another smart, compulsively readable work.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Sneha Mathan captures the vast differences between being an African-American woman and an Indian woman living in the United States. She’s most successful in the vocalization of Maggie, evoking a confident, thoughtful persona through deliberate, enunciated speech. The Indian-accented English used to characterize Lakshmi is hard on the ear. The purposeful grammatical errors the author uses to create the rhythm of nonnative English further limits Mathan. Thankfully, the characters alternate chapters, and the listener has some respite from the otherwise likable Lakshmi.”


  • An August 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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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

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.