The World We Found

The World We Found

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Thrity Umrigar, acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven, returns with a breathtaking new novel--a skillfully wrought, emotionally resonant story of four women and the indelible friendship they share. Fans of Jennifer Haigh's Faith, Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies, and Katrina Kittle's The Kindness of Strangers will be captivated by Umrigar's The World We Found--a moving story of bottled secrets, unfulfilled dreams, and the acceptance that can still lead to redemption, from a writer whom the New York Times calls "perceptive and often piercing."
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, c2012.
ISBN: 9780062107138
Characteristics: 394 p. ;,23 cm.


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Jul 31, 2020

Wonderful book!!! Amraiti, Kavita, Laleh, and Nishta were close friends in college back in 1970s Bombay. When the story begins they are modern mature women facing a world that they hoped to change for the better through political action, but have to face as a country still troubled by prejudice between Hindus and Muslims. The modern world they find is not what they hoped. They are faced with illness, physical violence and ongoing issues with the rights of women. Yet their friendship, though lapsed in the case of one friend who lives in the United States, they can still find hope and love together. I highly recommend this lovely book. I listened to it and find the accents of the women to help create the milieu of the novel and increase the joy in reading this book. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Sep 17, 2019

Thrity Umrigar is one of the finest novelists of our time! Her storytelling is addictive and energized while being poetic and nuanced. I was blessed in 2017 to finally discover her captivating brilliance in Story Hour and The World We Found increased my adoration of her writing style. These were beautifully fleshed-out characters, each palpable, richly textured and emotionally charged. I look forward with fervour to reading all her work.

Jun 07, 2018

It's always a pleasure to read Thrifty's books. The inter-faith massacres reveal to me the inability of these cultures to resolve age-old grievances. Also, the fundamentalist male role played in the oppression of women as with Nishta. More than anything in this novel, the struggle to free Nishta held my interest.

Jun 22, 2015

This is a very special book for me. In such a short space, it gives insight into many profound challenges and issues.
I am so glad I read it.

madison382 Mar 11, 2015

Liked this book, because it gives an insight into another culture.

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2014

"In the late 1970s, Laleh, Kavita, Nishta, and Armaiti, were best friends and schoolmates in Bombay. Though once idealistic young revolutionaries, over the years the women have entered different lives. But when one is given a terminal diagnosis, her last wish is that the four reunite before her death. Their struggle to reconnect is impeded by several obstacles, including Nishta's Muslim fundamentalist husband and the choices each has made. A character-driven story of politics and religion in India, The World We Found describes a divided India peopled by fully dimensional characters." Fiction A to Z February 2014 newsletter

Jun 17, 2013

This is a very good read. It makes you appreciate life and what you have. A very touching book.

Jun 16, 2013

Four friends have lost touch as they went their separate ways in the world, and now Armaiti is dying and her final wish is to see her friends again. Her friends, all still in India, must figure out how to get to America, but this is not so easy because Nishta's husband has become a fundamentalist muslim and forbids her to go. The story is a little predictable but the writing makes it flow nicely, and ends up being a good easy read. This is a basic friendship story, and as such makes a perfect summer read.

WVMLStaffPicks Jun 03, 2013

A breathtaking story of four Indian women, the enduring bonds of friendship, and the power of love to change lives. While inseparable in their university days in Bombay, they find they have drifted far apart, until a phone call tells them their friend Armaiti in America is dying of cancer. Armaiti’s dying wish is to see her three friends again. Soon they find her wish unleashes bittersweet reminders of unfulfilled dreams and unspoken guilt. An unforgettable portrait of modern India and a powerful story of love and forgiveness.

Mar 31, 2013

Just an ok read. A story about the importance of female friendship when a dying woman calls for her three friends to visit in America. I finished it but could not feel close to any of the women.

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tamcsa Mar 04, 2012

The World We Found
Thrity Umrigar

After spending their university years as one cohesive unit challenging authority and determined to right the political wrongs of their beloved Bombay, Kavita, Laleh, Armaiti and Nishta find that they have not only drifted apart through the past 30 years, but that the toll of day to day life has lessened their passion for change. The past comes crashing back however when Armaiti calls her friends and informs them that she is gravely ill and would like to see them once more before she dies. Each friend faces a personal journey of discovery as they lay to rest long held regrets and come to accept where they find themselves in their lives presently.
Tags: friendship, relationships
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rsteinback Jan 21, 2012

Four women who were best friends when they were young. Three still live in India, one who now lives in U.S. and is dying. The three plan to go to U.S. to see her before she dies. Great read!

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