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The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
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Dec 14, 11

Read in December, 2011

The novel takes place in modern day India and United States. One of four friends (the one in the U.S.) is dying of brain cancer and wants the other three to visit her. They were close in college, bound together in a common cause - to bring forth a New India. They were politically active socialists who pled for equality for all citizens. They were in marches where the police beat them and they were hospitalized or arrested. They had ideas and dreams of the way the world should be.

Fast forward nearly 30 years and the women are all middle age and living different lives. Through their eyes we see the world they found. One woman married an American and is dying of cancer in suburbia, a mother to one daughter and divorced from her American husband. I loved being inside her head. Another married a man from their group of political activists. He's Parsi and well-to-do. She still carries her political torch. Another woman is still single and a successful architect. She is also a closeted lesbian. The last woman is Nishta, the lost one who married another from their college group who was also a Muslim. She now lives a troubled life, both internally and externally.

Although not discussed in great detail, the author provides a little background in that the Muslims and Hindus are constantly at odds because the politicians use them as pawns, turning them against one another in order to win votes.

The story itself is not exciting. What is striking is the author's voice and the way she articulates universal feelings and doubts. It is truly beautifully written and articulated.
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