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The Weight of Heaven
The Weight of Heaven
Author: Thrity Umrigar
Umrigar (The Space Between Us) continues her exploration of cultural divides in this beautifully written and incisive novel about an American couple's experience in India. Frank and Ellie Benton, grappling with the death of their seven-year-old son, move from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Girbaug, India, where Frank takes a job running a factory. While h...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061472541
ISBN-10: 0061472549
Publication Date: 4/1/2009
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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I liked this book on so many levels. The obvious-insight into Indian lifestyle and caste system. To say that it is about a couple after their son dies, just doesn't cover enough, compared to other books of that type. When the main character, an American, befriends an Indian boy, his father becomes jealous, his wife has her own needs, and what about how it affects the Indian boy. The book also gives a bit of insight into American companies doing business in India. The author lives in America and many times throughout the book, I wondered what her view is of Americans, the plusses and minuses of living in her adopted country.

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