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The Weight of Heaven

A Novel

By Thrity Umrigar

The Weight of Heaven
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  • Hardcover: Apr 2009,
    384 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2010,
    400 pages.

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Haunted by memories of their dead son, Frank and Ellie try to make a new life in India

Anyone who has read one of Thrity Umrigar's previous works will know what he or she is getting into when picking up a copy of The Weight of Heaven. Umrigar is superbly adept at putting her readers in a position to observe heartrending circumstances. She is a keen observer of the human condition, and is one of the rare authors who can realistically convey every bit of what she sees to her readers. They are immersed in her characters' lives from the first page, and don't emerge until the very end of the novel. The level of tension and pain are nearly constant throughout; this is not a "feel-good" book.

Seven-year-old Benny's death is the starting place for this novel, the point from which all the pain and blame originate. While that event is tragic, the novel's true focus is how Benny's parents, Frank and Ellie, move beyond it – or fail to – and the way ...

About the Author
Thrity UmrigarA journalist for seventeen years, Thrity Umrigar has written for the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and other national newspapers, and contributes regularly to the Boston Globe's book pages. She teaches creative writing and literature at Case Western Reserve University. She is the author of Bombay Time (2001), The Space Between Us (2006), If Today Be Sweet (2007) and the memoir First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood (2008). She was a winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University, has a Ph.D. in English and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

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