The Story Hour: A Novel

The Story Hour: A Novel

by Thrity Umrigar

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From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.

Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.

But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062344120
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thrity Umrigar is the author of seven novels Everybody’s Son, The Story Hour, The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time; a memoir, First Darling of the Morning; and a children’s picture book, When I Carried You in My Belly. A former journalist, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard and was a finalist for the PEN Beyond Margins Award. A professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, she lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


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The Story Hour 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I love this author, I've read all her books and could not wait for this new one. This story is about friendship between two women of very different backgrounds, Lakshmi grew up very poor in India but in a very loving family, Maggie grew up in a cold troubled family their friendship is "difficult" and very human, we are not perfect human beings but can find friendship even in our differences, good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the Story Hour....from the excellent writing to the enchanting story. I am a fan of this author and enjoyed many of her books BUT I believe the Story Hour is her best to date. Beautiful characterizations with enthralling only complaint is the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Insightful story that explores human weakness
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of love,friendship,betrayal and forgiveness.
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RodRaglin More than 1 year ago
Love transcending In the Story Hour an arrange marriage find Lakshmi, a woman from a small town in India, working in her husband's restaurant in the American midwest. She is exhausted, unhappy, isolated. She attempts suicide and comes under the care of Maggie, a psychologist and African American. Maggie is married to an Indian, Sudhir, who came as a student and stayed on to become a professor and American citizen. Maggie and Lakshmi are from different cultures, have different family dynamics but their similarities as women, indeed as human beings transcends the patient doctor relationship and finds them becoming friends. Gradually understanding grows and with Maggie's help and guidance economic disparity between the two diminishes. But when secrets are revealed both judge each other unfairly in the most part because, despite their affection for each other, it's impossible for each to overcome the biases ingrained by culture. The relationship seems irreparably damaged but one woman is prepared to risk everything for make it right again. Author Thrity Umrigar really shines a light on how our background and different cultures frame the way we see ourselves, our fellow human beings and the world around us. It's also a realistic, compassionate and hopeful look at the lives of millions of immigrant women from third world countries who come to reside in the west. The story has depth, humour, passion and compassion and remarkable insight. A true novel for the twenty-first century.
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SMHarris More than 1 year ago
Receiving a copy of THE STORY HOUR via a Goodreads First Reads, the novel shares the story of Lakshmi, an Indian immigrant in the US, and her therapist, Maggie. Bound by a dysfunctional relationship, both have secrets that eventually come to light and that change the course of both of their lives. I found the characters in the novel especially compelling and realistic, and while the plot was somewhat simplistic, the story easily triggers a dialogue regarding a lot of pertinent issues. I highly recommend the book…
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking
MomsSmallVictories More than 1 year ago
Note: I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.  I'm a big fan of Thrity Umrigar, having read The World We Found and her memoir First Darling of the Morning. Dealing with the complex issues of suicide, depression, family honor, arranged marriage and the life of an inmmigrant, this book took me on an emotional journey through Maggie and Lakshmi's lives. Umrigar allows us to invade the most vulnerable and deepest thoughts of two women, shows us how they can be so apparently different but inherently the same, and how their mistakes impact their relationships and turn their lives upside down.