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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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Kathryn (04/16/10)

Great Book Club Selection
Fans of Umrigar will not be disappointed. The Weight of Heaven
is a beautifully written story about an American couple suffering the loss of their only child, Hoping to find some some comfort and closure, Frank and Ellie move to India where he runs an American company. What may be unsettling to some readers is the intense struggle they encounter in their grieving.

This is not a 'feel good' book. It is also fair to say that Umrigar delivers a strong political message. The 'ugly American' is alive and well in the outsourced business Frank operates. The observations are real and there is no doubt about the image portrayed. It also gives insight into the culture of India. The uncomfortable truth in this story may be a hard swallow for some. It is thought provoking however and will make for a great discussion for a book club.
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