THE STORY HOUR
For those clamoring for excellent, diverse books: They don’t get much better than this. Umrigar shows the dissonance between cultures and classes and how they impact the everyday dealings of even the most open-minded people. Infidelity, classism and racism are all presented in a way that will leave readers thinking about these characters long after the last page. Umrigar has created characters remarkable for their humanity — and for facets of them that resonate as true of every one of us.
When therapist Maggie meets a suicidal Lakshmi she feels a connection. Both are married to Indian men, and both had pivotal changes in their lives after their mothers died. Maggie crosses the lines of professionalism, and the more the women’s lives intertwine, the more their roles reverse. They learn they are more different — yet more the same — than they knew. (HARPER, Aug., 336 pp., $25.99)