Publisher: Harper (August 19, 2014)
From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.
Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.
But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.
I love books that highlight relationships between women. and this book does it with two great characters. Each woman is very different from the other, but the bond that grows between them is wonderful gift to them both.
I loved both Maggie and Lakshmi. While I did think they were both a bit broken, I did feel that Maggie was the more broken of the two and therefore she was the one I felt more sympathy toward. Lakshmi reminded me a lot of my sister who was also a Psychologist, because she too cared so much for her patients. Both women were well developed and I enjoyed following along with their friendship as it became stronger and stronger.
The author gives so much emotion to the story…friendship, love, pain, betrayal, forgiveness and much more. I enjoyed the book a lot and want to read more from this author.
Would I recommend this book? That would be a definite yes!!
After earning a M.A. in journalism Thrity worked for several years working as an award-winning reporter, columnist and magazine writer in America. She also earned a Ph.D. in English. In 1999, Thrity won a one-year Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, which is given to mid-career journalists.
While at Harvard, Thrity wrote Bombay Time. The publication and success of the novel allowed her to make a career change and in 2002 she accepted a teaching position at Case Western Reserve University, where she teaches creative writing, journalism and literature. She also does occasional freelance pieces for national publications and has written for the Washington Post’s and the Boston Globe’s book pages.