The Story Hour

Umrigar, Thrity N

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Story Hour
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

Publisher: New York :, Harper/HarperCollins,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780062259301
Branch Call Number: FICTION UMRIG...T
Characteristics: pages cm


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Mar 04, 2015
  • ontherideau rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Much conflict and resolution, the end is left to our interpretation.

Feb 28, 2015

Haunting lies we keep to ourselves have a way of escaping and transforming our narrative. This book shed light to Lakshmi's pure intent to protect and to feed -a mother's heart...and the desperation for human connection. Umrigar had many insights that made me laugh out loud. Absolutely loved the stories!

Nov 16, 2014

loved this local author turned famous indeed...but that ending?! huh? is Lakshmi's last story about her and Maggie's husband?!

Oct 31, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ms. Umrigar is a real story teller that holds your interest from the first page.


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Nov 26, 2014
  • patcumming rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

So much pain. So many secrets. She felt burdened by the weight of other people's secrets, their grief, their trust, their blinking anticipation, their eager faces, the hunger with which they looker at her, expecting answers, expecting cures, expecting miracles.


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