The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

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Read The Story Hour Online Free - 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.

Title : The Story Hour
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ISBN : 006225930X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Linda rated it ★★★★☆

March 19, 2016

I was intrigued by the title of this book, The Story Hour. It reminded me of fairytales for adults. But Thrity Umrigar reveals far more. It is a composite of adults behaving as convoluted adults. And we pull up a chair and are in the mix of it. Let me just say that, initially, I was so drawn in by...

Nicole~ rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2014

4.5/5 I have always been fascinated by this intersection of gender and class--how the lives of women from the working class and the middle-class seemed at once so connected and so removed from each other. - Thrity Umrigar The Story Hour is a compelling, close examination of the lives of two quite d...

Bonnie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 12, 2014

As a psychiatric clinical social worker, I found this book somewhat disturbing. Ms. Umrigar appears to know what appropriate boundaries are for professionals in my discipline. However, she has her pivotal character, a psychologist by the name of Maggie Bose, go beyond what are acceptable boundari...

Amy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

January 04, 2016

Stopped 2/3 in-- I realized I care nothing for these characters. Not only do I not care but I've learned very little about them. There's hardly any character development. It started off fairly interesting in that a therapist began treating an Indian woman who has been living in the states for six...

Saleh rated it ★★★☆☆

August 21, 2017

A taut, suspenseful page-turner with depth, heart, and psychological credibility whose believable and enduring characters ponder the meaning of friendship, the challenges of marriage, and the value of storytelling itself.

Erica rated it ★★★☆☆

April 10, 2017

2.5 stars rounded up. This is another review I thought I'd already written but then found nothing in this space, soooo... I didn't love this but it was a smidgey-bit more than ok. The story behind the story is pretty neat: Lakshmi comes to America after some family strife back in India and hopes fo...

Snotchocheez rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 24, 2014

In her novel The Story Hour Thrity Umrigar weaves two women's stories together: one of them, a sad, engaging story of Lakshmi, a lower-caste Indian woman who is forced to marry a man she doesn't love and emigrate to the US. This story (despite Lakshmi's broken-English first-person narration, anno...

Karen rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 01, 2014

While interesting and at times moving, this book was so problematic that I can't bring myself to rate it more highly. My two main criticisms were a disbelief in the authenticity of Lakshmi's narrative voice,, and the profoundly irresponsible and disturbing messages about professional therapy. Laks...

Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

June 02, 2014

Another great book by this amazing author, this one is the story of Lakshmi, an Indian immigrant, whose marital misery and homesickness overwhelm her. After a suicide attempt, Lakshmi is counseled by Maggie, an American woman married to an Indian man. While Maggie first feels that she is only hel...

Denise rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2015

The Story Hour is a compelling story of two women: Maggie, an African American psychiatrist and Lakshmi, an Indian woman who lives in America. Each woman has secrets and through flashbacks reveals them in a timely fashion. This beautifully written tale is about love, friendship and mostly forgive...

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