The Weight of Heaven Author:Thrity Umrigar When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they had built is shattered. Filled with wrenching memories, their Ann Arbor home becomes unbearable, and their marriage founders. But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again. Life in Girbaug, India... more », holds promise?and peril?when Frank befriends Ramesh, a bright, curious boy who quickly becomes the focus of the grieving man's attentions. Haunted by memories of his dead son, Frank is consumed with making his family right?a quest that will lead him down an ever-darkening path with stark repercussions. Filled with satisfyingly real characters and glowing with local color, The Weight of Heaven is a rare glimpse of a family and a country struggling under pressures beyond their control. In a devastating look at cultural clashes and divides, Umrigar illuminates how slowly we recover from unforgettable loss, how easily good intentions can turn evil, and how far a person will go to build a new world for those he loves.« less
Excellent writing, creates characters and evokes the setting with realism. To deal with the lose of only child a couple leave MI as the husband takes a managerial position in India. Their marriage is floundering, each tries to adjust to their roles in India. There are harsh events in their lives and devastating ending. This was a book discussion selection during 2012, and produced a variety of topics.