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The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar
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May 04, 12

Read in May, 2012

Frank, his wife Ellie, and their son, Benny were a loving, happy family until the day that Benny died of a rare rash. Frank and Ellie's life together fell apart. Their pain could not heal in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the life they had made with their son was full of reminders. Frank had an opportunity to work in India; Ellie thought it would be a welcome change. Ellie never forgot her son, but she began to heal as she made a new life in India and began to use her social work skills to help Indian battered women. Frank only began to heal when a nine year old Indian child and he became inseparable. What Frank did not realize was that this child already had a mother and a father. Frank's time with this child became an obsession. No one would stand in his way...

This story is about unbearable hurt and pain - Frank's, Ellie's, the boys' parents... And then there is the story of the American company Frank was working for in India. The leaves of trees that used to belong to the Indian people now belonged to an American company who took the trees as theirs in order to make diabetes medicine. The loss of the trees, the strike of the workers, the death of a striker, causes unbearable pain to Indian families.

This story is about despair; The weight of a child's death upon his parents is the very deepest of despair.
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