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The Resource The story hour : a novel, Thrity Umrigar

The story hour : a novel, Thrity Umrigar

Label
The story hour : a novel
Title
The story hour
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Thrity Umrigar
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When Dr. Maggie Bose first meets Lakshmi after the young woman's suicide attempt, she can already guess at Lakshmi's story-abusive husband, familial separation, cultural isolation-a life in America that is so like those of the many other immigrant women she's treated. They begin weekly therapy sessions, though Lakshmi seems unaware of the purpose- are they not new friends, simply sharing their stories? Lakshmi's tales of her Indian village, of the time she saved the landowner's son, her care for the village elephant, her pride at a hard-won education, are shadowed by her current life in a cold Midwestern college town. Her husband treats her with contempt, demands she work long hours at his restaurant and, perhaps worse, forbids contact with her family in India. Maggie suspects Lakshmi is less in need of psychotherapy than autonomy. Maggie and her husband, Sudhir (an Indian math professor, a fact that delights Lakshmi), begin promoting her as acaterer to their friends. Maggie teaches her to drive. Lakshmi's independence even improves her marriage. And then Lakshmi tells Maggie a story that rewrites her whole narrative; she did a shocking thing, and for these six years in America, she has been the villain and her husband, the victim. Maggie is now repelled, though she has her own secrets. Despite 30 years of happy marriage to Sudhir, she is having a reckless affair. When Lakshmi finds out, this destroys the story of Maggie and Sudhir's enviable marriage, and so Lakshmi takes revenge
Summary
Befriending a young Indian woman named Lakshmi—who is suicidal, lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a controlling man—experienced psychologist Maggie finds their relationship warped by conflicting expectations and threatened by the revelation of long-buried secrets.
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10326400
Cataloging source
DLC
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Umrigar, Thrity N
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3621.M75
LC item number
S76 2014
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Behavior therapists
  • Young women
  • Forgiveness
Target audience
adult
Label
The story hour : a novel, Thrity Umrigar
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn864504302
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780062259301
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013046391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)864504302
Label
The story hour : a novel, Thrity Umrigar
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn864504302
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
pages cm.
Isbn
9780062259301
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013046391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)864504302

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