The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar is one of those books that you just find that you lose time while reading it. Every time I had to put it down for some reason I wanted to get back to it. I’ve read one other of Thrity Umrigar’s books and that was The Weight of Heaven (my review) and I loved that one as well. She has a way of drawing you so completely into her stories that you feel as though you’re a part of the character’s lives that you’re reading about. I love her descriptions of India and their culture and she has definitely become one of my favorite authors.
The World We Found really appealed to me as it’s about the powerful bond of women’s friendships. Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta all meet in college in Bombay in the 70’s and quickly become inseperable. They all believed in making the world a better place and fought for that until one night a protest goes too far. After that the women drift apart to live their lives and go on to get married and have children.
Now, it’s many years later and news comes that one of the women, Armaiti, has a brain tumor and one of her wishes is to see all of her friends together again in America. Laleh and Kavita instantly agree and begin planning their visit but they wonder about Nishta who they all fell out of contact with twenty-five years ago. They decide to try and find her and go to visit Nishta’s parents. They are surprised to learn that Nishta had been shunned by her family and they didn’t know where she was. As they’re leaving though a maid brings an envelope out from Nishta’s mother and it was just what they needed – an address.
The women are shocked at the turn that Nishta’s life has taken. Her husband had become a religious fanatic and he virtually holds her prisoner. As Nishta’s sister-in-law becomes involved as well, the women all work to try and devise a plan to get Nishta away from her husband and to America. While all this is going on each woman is going back in her memory to a different time and place – a time when they were all carefree and best friends.
At its heart, The World We Found is a novel of how the friendships of women endure over time. No matter the distance or the drifting apart a phone call can change everything and bring you together again to be there for each other. I enjoyed this novel a great deal and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those who like novels about women’s friendships but also to those who enjoy reading about India and their culture.
I read The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure and pop by the other tour stops and see what everyone else is saying about the book. You can find out more information on Thrity Umrigar’s work on her website. The World We Found can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
Source: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and the Publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Is this her latest work? This is going definitely on my TBR list.
I’ve loved every book that I’ve read by this author, but for some reason I haven’t gotten to this one yet. I MUST dive in:)
Hope you’ve been having a nice summer, Dar.
I’ve heard that about this author. Honestly I don’t think I’ve seen a negative thing written about her. I’ve got this one on my shelves, and it is one of dozens that I WANT to get to, but louder priorities keep pulling me away.
I am also drawn towards books that revolve around women’s friendships. I’m glad you liked this one as much as I did Dar!
I loved The Weight of Heaven too so I’m not surprised to see this book is fabulous as well. I’m looking forward to getting lost in it.
I have liked this author’s work too. I have yet to get to this book.
This is one of two that I haven’t read yet, but hope to soon. She’s a really talented author, and I am glad that her work in this book impressed you. I feel like the last person on earth to have read this book! Nice job with the review today!
I love the time losing feeling 😀
I just finished this today! LOVED IT!
I enjoy stories about womens friendships so this sounds like one to look out for. Great review Dar!
Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) says
I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, so I’m glad that Serena gave me her extra copy. 🙂
Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours says
There are some friendships that last the test of time and space, even when you do nothing to keep them up. It is pretty amazing.
Thanks for being on the tour.
I really wanted to accept this one but couldn’t fit it into my schedule. Now I see I missed out on such a great book! Thanks Darlene.