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When Indian American journalist Smita returns to India to write the story of a young widow Meena and the murder of her husband, it’s Smita’s first time back since her family left when she was a child. Both Smita and Meena were raised in a culture where a woman exercising a basic human right - the right to love and marry whoever she chooses - is met with brutal punishment. While Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita must reckon with the privilege that becoming an American has given her, as well as face the trauma that shaped her as a child and led to her family leaving.

Dual love stories propel the narrative, as different as the cultures from which they emanate. We follow how Meena fell headfast in love with a person forbidden to her due to his religion and faced the violent consequences of her choice; and Smita's freedom to have a casual love affair and to decide, later, how much it means to her.  

Moving, perceptive, and heartbreaking, this is a story about two women and what they inspire in each other as they navigate a home where terrible things have occurred, and are allowed to keep occurring, a country that they want, more than anything, to love.

©2022 Thrity Umrigar (P)2022 Workman Audio

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Wow.

This book is a genius piece of writing. Not only is this about tragic outward circumstances, but also inward turmoil in response tragic events and how the lens we use can jade us to believe something that’s isn’t necessarily true. This book is very human and I found the characters to be believable. I wasn’t prepared to need the tissues. The performance of the reader is outstanding! Bravo!

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Eye Opening and Heartbreaking

This book was both eye-opening and heartbreaking, but you could feel love at the end.

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gut wrenching, heartbreaking

I had to remind myself that this was fiction. but fiction is always based on true events so it made my heart sink thinking about the characters in this story.

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Made Me Want To Change Careers - Womens Rights

Very sweet story about the honest, horrific realities many women face day to day worldwide.

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Couldn’t put it down!

This story was one of the best books I’ve ever read/listened to. There were sad parts that really opened my eyes. Then there were parts in the story they brought me joy. I’ll be buying the hard-copy to save forever.

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India different yet still the same

While being a woman/girl in America has its worry-it is nothing compared to other nations around the world. This beautifully written book about a young woman whose husband was killed and she was left for dead just because she was Hindi and he was Muslim. I teach about the Indian Caste system in my classes, but this book shows the true devastation that still exists there 1000s of years after the country was started.

Smita is an Indian American journalist who is sent to India to cover the trial of Meena’s brothers in their attempt to murder her alongside her husband. While in India-Smita sees a different side of India, and there are still good people in the country.

Loved this tale of cultural differences, injustice that Americans could never image, and forgiveness, ultimate forgiveness.

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Human heart

This book is moving, inspiring, and captivating! A passionate reading that will humble your heart, inspire you to do more, and know there is good in the world. Never stop believing in love and a hope for a better future.

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Fantastic

This has become one of my favorites. Such a beautiful story of strength and courage. I couldn’t put it down!

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Beautifully tragic and inspiring

I thought it was a beautiful and tragic story about perseverance and the human spirit. It gives life more meaning.

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Pulitzer quality writing and great story.

This book is tough but will give you new ways of seeing the world

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  • 01-16-22

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Thanks to Thrity Umrigar for helping us travel in time, across cultures and across continents! 5stars not enough.
A standing ovation for the narration of Sneha Mathan giving respect to all the characters and bringing them to life in an authentic way.

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  • 01-12-22

FIVE STARS FROM ME!!!

This has to be the “One Of The Best Books of 2022”. From start to till the end i was so emotional both the writer and narrator did a such a GOOD job with this book! Honestly usually i don’t pick or read these kind of books if it’s up to me but i want to give it a try after i saw that this is Reese’s Book Club January pick and i’m SO GLAD that i did!! Please waste no time and read this!!!