Thrity Umrigar’s new book, The World We Found, is just as good as her last, The Space Between Us. Umrigar is one of my favorite Indian authors. (Everyone who follows Great Thoughts knows I love great Indian fiction.)
It is the story of four friends who at one time were young and idealistic. They protested and fought for what was right. And as with many young idealists, several of them grew up, got married and embraced a traditional life. This is the story of lost ideals and extremism.
The friends are brought back together by illness. Armaita’s illness causes her to wish she can be with her friends one last time. Nishta’s husband has embraced extremist views and she is trapped in her marriage. Her friends connive a way for her to go with them to see Armaita. For Armaita, it is a final wish come true. For Nishta, it is liberation. For Nishta’s husband, it is eye opening.
As always, Umrigar’s writing is so descriptive:
The book starts, “The tooth broke three days after she received the awful news. There was no blood. No pain, even. For three days she had believed that it was her heart that had broken into tiny fragments, but turned out it was another part of her body that decided to mourn the news.”
“Until then, her teeth had been as sturdy and even as piano keys; but then, until now her oldest friend in the world had not been dying. It was right somehow, in this week of reminders of mortality, that she sacrifice something, too.”
I consider this book fine literature- a large step above today’s fiction.
Harper Collins provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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