First Darling of the Morning: Book summary and reviews of First Darling of the Morning by Thrity Umrigar

First Darling of the Morning

Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood

By Thrity Umrigar

First Darling of the Morning
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2008,
    320 pages.

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First Darling of the Morning is the powerful and poignant memoir of bestselling author Thrity Umrigar, tracing the arc of her Bombay childhood and adolescence from her earliest memories to her eventual departure for the United States at age twenty-one. It is an evocative, emotionally charged story of a young life steeped in paradox; of a middle-class Parsi girl attending Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu city; of a guilt-ridden stranger in her own land, an affluent child in a country mired in abysmal poverty. She reveals intimate secrets and offers an unflinching look at family issues once considered unspeakable as she interweaves two fascinating coming-of-age stories—one of a small child, and one of a nation.

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"Freelance journalist Umrigar alternates between sweet and biting accounts of her middle-class Parsi upbringing in 1960s and 1970s Bombay." - Publishers Weekly.

"American readers may not understand the Indian political context, but the underlying chords in this story about growing up and going away will certainly resonate." - Library Journal.

"A brilliantly etched, vividly recalled Indian childhood. The songs of the sixties and seventies hum through this poignant memoir." - Sahara Time.

"A moving account of childhood . . .With painful honesty, Umrigar tells us about her family [and] the not-always-happy stretches of childhood." - India Today.

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Thrity Umrigar Author Biography

Thrity Umrigar is the author of three other novels—The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time—and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. A journalist for 17 years, she is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University and a 2006 finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. An associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, Umrigar lives in Cleveland.

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Thrity Umrigar: thri-tee oomrigar

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