A monthly virtual book chat for patrons of the New Haven Free Public Library and patrons of the Prospect Public Library.
The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar creates a stirring narrative about two women and an unlikely friendship that develops between the two individuals. The novel was published in August of 2014 and is the sixth novel that Umrigar has published during her literary career. The Goodreads description of the novel states:
A profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.
Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn't need a shrink; she needs a friend. 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.
Join patrons of the New Haven Free Public Library and the Prospect Public Library to discuss this great novel in a group of friendly readers. The meeting will occur virtually on zoom and can be joined at this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86829609931
Please email Arthur if you have any questions about the book chat.
AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |
EVENT TYPE: | Virtual Program | Literature, Arts, and Culture | Literacy and Language | Education and Lifelong Learning |
TAGS: | Women Authors | Thrity Umrigar | The Story Hour | Mental Health | India | Friendship |
|Mon, May 29||Closed|
|(Closed Systemwide for Memorial Day Weekend)|
|Tue, May 30||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Wed, May 31||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Thu, Jun 01||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Fri, Jun 02||Closed|
|Sat, Jun 03||10:00AM to 5:00PM|
|Sun, Jun 04||Closed|
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