The Secrets Between Us (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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Bhima, servant for many years to the upper class Dubush family, has been fired from her job. It was sudden and uncalled for (see The Space Between Us). Now, Bhima, who lives in abject poverty in the Mumbai slums, must find a way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya. She forms a shaky partnership with the bitter woman Pavati (who has been selling 5 cauliflowers a day) to sell fruit and vegetables at the local market. They bond after many setbacks, learning about each other's lives and the wounds they have endured. It is a moving story of the of strength and respect that grows between two illiterate and desperately poor women who learn how to stand on their own and survive. This sequel by Umvigar evokes the world of modern day India so well and the dignity and richness of their friendship is a pleasure to experience.

— Edie

July 2018 Indie Next List


“This wonderful novelloosely a sequel to The Spaces Between Us—is the rich, moving story of an amazing friendship, one that would never have occurred under the old restrictions of India and in the new India feels its tentative way. The lives of Bhima and Parvati are ones of unbelievable poverty and struggle, but the dignity and richness their friendship manifests took my breath away. A bit Dickensian in the best ways, this novel had me in tears several times. These women are two I will not soon forget.”
— Michael Coy, Third Place Books (Ravenna), Seattle, WA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781987143195
ISBN-10: 1987143191
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: July 1st, 2018
Language: English