Books by Thrity Umrigar

EVERYBODY'S SON by Thrity Umrigar
Released: June 6, 2017

"This tale of identity and privilege never shakes off its sense of running a mechanical course."
A neglected 9-year-old biracial child adopted by a powerful white family grows up to fulfill his potential only to confront a secret which will recast his entire sense of self. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 2017

"Umrigar's flights of fancy may lead parents and children to ponder their own specific traits and what might have led to them (and hopefully a discussion of nature and nurture as well). (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mother relates how her actions during pregnancy led to her growing daughter's specific traits. Read full book review >
THE STORY HOUR by Thrity Umrigar
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An impressive writer, Umrigar delivers another smart, compulsively readable work."
Umrigar's (The World We Found, 2012, etc.) novel begins as a small domestic drama and develops into a forceful examination of identity, cultural isolation and the power of storytelling.Read full book review >
THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Umrigar extends a boundless, occasionally lyrical sympathy to her cast, but her slender plot, even padded with extensive rumination, still disappoints."
A crisis reconnects four young firebrands from college who have grown apart as adults, in a story dense with sensitive scrutiny. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN by Thrity Umrigar
Released: April 14, 2009

"Not as unified as Umrigar's previous novels (If Today Be Sweet, 2007, etc.), but an unflinching portrait of parental bereavement."
Sorrow turns to obsession when Ellie and Frank Benton move from Ann Arbor, Mich., to India shortly after the death of their seven-year-old son. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Heartfelt memoir about the significance of origins and self-identity."
Indian-born journalist and novelist Umrigar (English/Case Western Reserve Univ.; If Today Be Sweet, 2007, etc.) rekindles the emotional contradictions that affected her childhood as a "cultural mongrel" in the '60s and '70s. Read full book review >
IF TODAY BE SWEET by Thrity Umrigar
Released: June 1, 2007

"Though less expansive than her last novel, Umrigar's intimate portrayal of a mother and son divided by culture is a convincing testament to the enduring power of place."
Umrigar's latest (The Space Between Us, 2006, etc.) offers a tender portrait of a Bombay widow and her Americanized son, and the culture clash that ensues. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A subtle, elegant analysis of class and power. Umrigar transcends the specifics of two Bombay women and creates a novel that quietly roars against tyranny."
Set in contemporary Bombay, Umrigar's second novel (Bombay Time, 2001) is an affecting portrait of a woman and her maid, whose lives, despite class disparity, are equally heartbreaking. Read full book review >
BOMBAY TIME by Thrity Umrigar
Released: July 1, 2001

"Umrigar's debut unfolds raga-like, the histories of its people forming sustained riffs that spring from and return to the same source. The minimal plotting is at times contrived and sentimental, but the portrait of the city and its citizens is authoritative, richly textured, and engaging."
A first novel trains an unflinching eye on Indians at home and abroad. Set in contemporary Bombay, Umrigar's story is both a valentine to the past and a lament for the present of its title city. Read full book review >