The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

This novel is set in present day Bombay with a plot revolving around the relationship between an upper middle class Parsi housewife, Sera, and her domestic servant, 65 year old, illiterate Bhima, who has worked for Sera’s family for more than 20 years. Their lives are entwined yet there is a huge gap, “the space between” them that is unbreachable. The writing is clear and the characters well developed, unfortunately all the male characters are pretty reprehensible and poor Bhima, and to a lesser extent, Sera, are dealt so many bad hands by fate that I found the novel way too sad.

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Reviewed by: kh


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