The Weight of Heaven (Hardcover)
April 2009 Indie Next List
“Frank and Ellie Benton move from Michigan to India in an effort to recover after the tragic death of their son. When Frank begins tutoring the son of their housekeeper, he sets in motion events that strain relationships and lead to a startling conclusion. This beautifully written book, set in Girbaug, India, is a contrast in cultures as well as a study in human grief and loss.”
— Gayle Wingerter, Inklings Bookshop, Yakima, WA
Powerful. . . . Twisty, brimming with dark humor and keen moral insight, The Weight of Heaven packs a wallop on both a literary and emotional level. . . . Umrigar . . . is a descriptive master. Christian Science Monitor
From Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us, comes The Weight of Heaven. In the rich tradition of the acclaimed works of Indian writers such as Rohinton Mistry, Akhil Sharma, Indra Sinha, and Jhumpa Lahiri, The Weight of Heaven is an emotionally charged story about unexpected death, unhealed wounds, and the price one father will pay to protect himself from pain and loss. Additionally, it offers unique perspectives, both Indian and American, on the fragmented nature of globalized India.
About the Author
Thrity Umrigar is the author of five other novels The World We Found, The Weight of Heaven, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. An award-winning journalist, she has been a contributor to the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, among other publications. She is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, Cleveland Arts Prize, and Seth Rosenberg Prize, and is the Armington Professor of English at Case-Western Reserve University.
“Umrigar beautifully illuminates how human relationships are complicated by cultural, geographical, and class divides.”