The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hid the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years. This extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.
I want to thank Lisa for hosting this read-a-long and to let her know that she picked an awesome book. I'm missing these characters already and I know that I will read Umrigar's other works for sure.
- Bhima is betrayed
- social class is EVERYTHING. Those in power may do to you what they will with no repercussions. The poor truly rely on other people's mercies and whims.
- felt that I needed a chart to figure out the class systems...too many to wrap my mind around. Parsi, Sikhs, Hindu jaat, Muslim, Brahmin...etc.
- Universal truth: "We women, we live for so much more than just ourselves." p. 296
This book is about the human connection and love. But it also shows how fragile that connection is when class divisions become a part of the picture. This is a moving story and gives the reader much to contemplate. Would most certainly make for a great book club discussion read!!