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Publisher's Summary

Bhima, the unforgettable main character of Thrity Umrigar’s beloved national best seller, The Space Between Us, returns in this triumphant sequel - a poignant and compelling novel in which the former servant struggles against the circumstances of class and misfortune to forge a new path for herself and her granddaughter in modern India.

Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than 20 years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.

Bhima’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, each confessing the truth about their lives and the wounds that haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima pieces together a new life, and together, the two women learn to stand on their own.

A dazzling story of gender, strength, friendship, and second chances, The Secrets Between Us is a powerful and perceptive novel that brilliantly evokes the complexities of life in modern India and the harsh realities faced by women born without privilege as they struggle to survive.

©2018 Thrity Umrigar (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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A heart-wrenching story/sequel

First, the narrator is excellent. Umrigar’s previous book, The Space Between Us, has been a favorite book the I have given to friends and read twice. Having lived in India for 18 months. I still was unaware that these types of relationships existed.

This book is a beautiful sequel. Same beloved, impoverished characters and same truthfulness are there. You don’t have to be familiar with the first book to love this one, but this new book will enrich your knowledge of life in India even more if you read “Space Between” first.

The pictures in my mind of the places and faces are etched deeply. Have you ever read a book that you describe to friends as fiction but yet not fictional? Here is one of those books.

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  • 08-29-18

Most amazing story and narration ever!

The writing and performance are unsurpassed!!!

I was very sad when the book was coming to an end as I knew I would not feel like reading a book by any other author or listening to a performance by any other narrator.

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loved!

This story was incredibly descriptive... i could see the characters, feel the struggle and emotion, and marvel at their accomplishments and cried at their revelation of secrets. Absolutely beautiful AND rejoicing, BRAVO!!!

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Didn't like it at first

I found the book difficult to get into and almost stopped reading in the middle. The lives of the characters were really gritty. Then I listened to the ending. Wow! I started the book again and am now savoring every word. Masterfully written!

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Beautiful Novel from Storyteller Extraordinaire

Loved the narration of the audio version. Another wonderful book from this engaging author. Ms. Umrigar writes beautifully, capturing the intricacies and complications of human emotions and relationships, of the divides and blindnesses of social strata and castes, giving dignity to those who have to live with less. We return to the life of the servant, Bhima, from "The Space Between Us" in modern day India and follow her journey along with her granddaughter's and those that enter their lives. Theirs is a hard life shaped by events of decades before. As their lives intertwine, their strengths and life's stories are shared, they see differently and accept what they might not have ever thought acceptable, their hearts reopen and they make their lives better for themselves and those around them. Tears for me at the end with a beautiful closing sentence.

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Amazing Friendship

Bit of a slow start and confusing characters, but once the key character made a new decisiona nd changed her lifes path, things started flowing.
beautiful characters in a very unusual friendship in Mumbai slums..I could feel the pain of the women, and the triumphs as they overcame abuse, illiteracy and loneliness

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Amazing!

this is as great as the first, if not better! the characters are so real and amazing. the narrator draws you in.

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Love this !

Beautifully written and told. I loved the many “stories”,lessons, friendships...one of the best books I’ve listened to. Wonderfully read!

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The story of these women's lives kept breaking my heart but as the story progressed , the continued perseverance, beauty and strength of their spirit and the power of hope as written by this author was a believable and moving experience.

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Beautiful and touching

This is a beautifully written tale of the complexity of life, presented with gentle sensitivity.

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  • Rosie @ 36
  • 12-08-19

So beautiful I didn’t want it to end.

This was another delightful book by Thrity Umrigar and the narrator was perfect too, which added to the enjoyment. Bhima continues her journey in this sequel to The Space Between Us, which I highly recommend you read first. This is not just a book of words, the author paints the story so clearly you are there, in that hovel, struggling to bring bread to the table , seeing the pain and feeling her pride.
I have also read Everybody’s Son, which was wonderful.

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  • Christineb
  • 08-28-18

My favourite audio..ever

This was a gem of a book Loved the first book but it was years ago it didnt matter Wonderful It will remain a firm favourite of mine I would recommend it to anybody browsing the title Fabulous story It has everything I cried I laughed Loved it.

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  • Valerie Gately
  • 07-18-21

Incredible

This is one of the best books I have ever read, or should I say, listened to! The narration was excellent, it made everything so real. I was in Mumbai! I felt the heat, the suffering, the hard work. I laughed , occasionally, and I cried.
I’m longing to read all books by this author,
Amazing writing. Thank you.

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  • L. Hammon
  • 02-25-21

wow

Never have i ever gotten so invested in a character.. the trials of Bhima's life and how she has to overcome the belief systems that change through the generations.. the changes that one person can make on anothers life.. as I was listening to the story I could imagine the surroundings as if I was really there.. Thrity Umrigar writes with such love for her characters.. her past. loved it !

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  • maureen foster-clements
  • 09-21-20

highly recommended

this is the sequel to The Space Between Us and I thoroughly enjoyed them both

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  • Lynda P
  • 06-11-19

Such a touching human story - about the love between family -

Friendship is also beautifully portrayed and the dignity that is so important between employer and employee. India brought to life on the pages Beautiful book !

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  • Elise Mac
  • 07-01-21

Couldn’t finish this book

Would have been a more believable and gutsy story except for some thinly developed characters that added nothing more than an attempt by the author to address current popular social issues. The story became tedious for me. Sorry.