The Story Hour

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Product Details
Price
$19.99
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780062259318
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About the Author

Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The Space Between Us was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins award, while her memoir was a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. If Today Be Sweet was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, while her other books have been Community Reads selections. Thrity is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize.

Thrity was born in Bombay, India and came to the U.S. when she was 21. As a Parsi child attending a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country, she had the kind of schizophrenic and cosmopolitan childhood that has served her well in her life as a writer. Accused by teachers and parents alike of being a daydreaming, head-in-the-clouds child, she grew up lost in the fictional worlds created by Steinbeck, Hemingway, Woolf and Faulkner. She would emerge long enough from these books to create her own fictional and poetic worlds. Encouraged by her practical-minded parents to get an undergraduate degree in business, Thrity survived business school by creating a drama club and writing, directing and acting in plays. Her first short stories, essays and poems were published in national magazines and newspapers in India at age fifteen.
After earning a M.A. in journalism in the U.S., Thrity worked for several years as an award-winning reporter, columnist and magazine writer. She also earned a Ph.D. in English. In 1999, Thrity won a one-year Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University, which is given to mid-career journalists.
Reviews

""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

"With grace, wisdom and incredible compassion, Thrity Umrigar has woven together the lives of two seemingly dissimilar women who must learn--against steep odds--to forgive each other and themselves." -- Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife

"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 Magazine, "10 Books to Pick Up Now"

"Thrity Umrigar has an uncanny ability to look deeply into the human heart and find the absolute truth of our lives. The Story Hour is stunning and beautiful. Lakshmi and Maggie will stay with readers for a very long time." -- Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter

"Thrity Umrigar's novel The Story Hour showcases her ability to bring to life characters who are...sympathetic yet flawed in ways we can all relate to.... I read deep into the night to find out how their stories end, and I predict you will, too!" -- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Oleander Girl and Sister of My Heart

"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

"Skillful.... Much like a therapy session, this deft, well-paced novel contains breakthroughs and growth, and, at its end, leaves the reader wistful that the allotted time on the couch has run out." -- Booklist

"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)

"[a] thoughtful and moving new novel..." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

"The Story Hour is...a compelling testament to the power of story to unite people, transcend differences, and ultimately heal both the self and relationships." -- BookBrowser Review

"I was hooked immediately.... The book will make a great movie...with actresses vying for the roles of these strong, unforgettable characters." -- Midlife at the Oasis