Thrity Umrigar

Johanna Lawshea

Thrity Umrigar is the author of five other novels—The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time—and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the the Armington Professor of English at Case-Western Reserve University. In her latest novel, The Story Hour (Harper), an experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman named Lakshmi, who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. 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.