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The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

story hourMain character Lakshmi, an Indian immigrant, is despondent about her marriage and the work she is forced to do in her husband's grocery store. A desperate suicide attempt brings her to the hospital and to the attention of Dr. Maggie Bose, a psychologist. Maggie is African American, and, like Lakshmi, is married to an Indian man.

Moved by her patient's plight, Maggie agrees to provide therapy privately, and at no cost. The doctor/patient line becomes blurred, and perhaps unethical. Each woman has her secrets, which the author reveals only toward the end of the book, and to great effect.

The narrative point of view switches back and forth between Maggie and Lakshmi. Lakshmi's story is told in broken English - in sharp contrast to Maggie's educated voice.

This is a good read (by the author of The Space Between Us) that will keep you thinking long after you have finished it. 

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