BookBrowse Reviews Honor by Thrity Umrigar

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Honor

by Thrity Umrigar

Honor by Thrity Umrigar X
Honor by Thrity Umrigar
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2022, 336 pages

    Paperback:
    Sep 27, 2022, 352 pages

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An Indian American journalist returns to the nation of her birth to report on the story of a Hindu woman whose brothers murdered her Muslim husband.

First Impressions readers enjoyed being transported to India via Thrity Umrigar's novel Honor, with 36 out of 38 rating the book four or five stars.

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Smita—a Mumbai native who is now an American journalist, reluctantly returns to India on an assignment she accepted as a favor to a friend. Her assignment is to profile Meena, a Hindu villager whose Muslim husband was burned to death in an "honor killing" by Meena's brothers. Meena, left disfigured in the attack, has brought charges; a verdict pends. Umrigar's strength is her great storytelling. As always, not a word is wasted as she moves us through urban Mumbai and into Meena's rural village, and into complex encounters and confrontations that Smita views with double vision as an Indian American. Her investigation stirs up painful memories of her youth in Mumbai, during the years when rising Hindu nationalism ...

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