The Weight of Heaven
“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 wri...more
What I love most about Thrity Umrigar is her gift for drawing out the emotions of her characters. The reader gets to know them through and through ...more
When I read, I like to flip up the bottom corner of pages where there are passages, phrases, ideas that I like or that impress me in some way or that make me want to talk about them. If you look at my ...more
"And now they were two. ...more
I remember being blown away when I read Thrity's book The Space Between Us in 2010. I thought she made India come alive in my mind and as I became further engrossed in the story I could swear that I heard the sounds and the smells of the country too. That's how vivid and wonderful this author's writing is...with her sharply honed pen she draws the reader into the pages of her imagination and you find yourself not wanting to leave.
The Weight of Heaven is another masterpiece by Umrigar and even th ...more
An emotional story about love and loss and so much more. The Weight of Heaven demands your attention, shakes you up, then leaves you heavy with the weight of it.
The Rest of It:
This is a wonderful, meaty book. As you can imagine, the death of a child is a delicate subject. There’s something incredibly tragic about losing a child. Even when the child is gone, his memory lives on in everyday things… a stray toy found under the couch, the shoe that lost its mate some time ago, etc. A ...more
وطأة السماء جاء ليخبرنا أن السماء ليست خفيفة وجميلة كما توقعناها بل أنها كما قال فرانك شو : ليست السماء سوى محيطٍ أنقلب رأسًا على عقب .
تسير أغوار القلب البشري من قمم السعادة والعواطف الجامحة إلى أعماق اليأس والقنوط..
ثرتي اومريغار تصادم بين الثقافة الإمريكية والهندية وتصادم بين الأخلاقيات التي نتبناها وبين الأحداث التي تجبرنا على كسرها ..
Frank and Ellie Benton, living in Ann Arbor, Michigan lost their only child, Benny, to meningococcal infection. Frank is a business man for a company that sells medical products and Ellie is a therapist. When their boy dies, it brings havoc to their marriage. Frank blames Ellie for taking a s ...more
عزائنا الامثل بعد هذه الرواية أن ننظر الى السماء بعين القلب ونشكر الله على نعمة وجودنا بين أحبائنا
So I finally picked it up last month because I was so darn bored at I needed to read something. Much to my surprise, I devoured major chunks of it every time I'd get a moment to myself. I found myself really connecting with the characters who by the way are so rich.
In her new novel we meet Frank and Ellie Benton, a grief stricken couple from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who have just lost their seven year old son Benny, after a short illness. Unable to cope with this horrific loss, Frank accepts a new assignment running a ...more
The story is really great... with a few details that kind of bugged me. Ellie and Frank are living in India while Frank works for an American company. They live in a company house, complete with a servant-family living in the shack behind them. The detail that bugg ...more
From back cover:
"When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, seven-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they had built in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is shattered. But an unexpected job half a world away offers them an opportunity to start again. Life in Girbaug, India, holds promise-and peril-when Fra ...more
While in Girbaug, Frank befriends a young boy, Ramesh that is the son of the servants at their hom ...more
Well, this is the best bargain I have made in quite awhile. Ms Umrigar tells a fascinating story about how one family deals with one of the most difficult life experiences - the death of a child. The story is well written and seems possible even when it was ...more
The story of a husband and wife who lost their son when he was 7 years old. The book is about their marriage, their life, their move to India to try and escape the home that is such a painful reminder of the what they have lost. The author focuses so intently on their grief and how it affects their lives and their marriage. It is just a painful book to read. But beautifully written too. The wonderful descri ...more
The Indian setting was very interesting to me, and I think that it provided a well thought out back drop for the story ...more
The story line of a couple losing a child was gut-wrenching, and it was interesting how Umrigar introduced us to the characters at present and then took us back to various points in time to better understand why they were behaving and reacting the way they were at present.
The depiction of India, and America ...more