Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays! Please share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading this week. Add the link to your post in the Linky box below.

Another week of trial prep has flown by without me noticing much beyond my office. I definitely did not have time to post anything on the blog! I can't wait for this big case to be over, one way or the other. 

I can't complain about my law practice, though, because I am fortunate in so many ways. The sex abuse cases my law partner and I work on are difficult (legally and emotionally), but we get so much out of working with our clients. Most of them are adults in the 40s or 50s when they come to us to bring lawsuits for abuse they suffered as children. Many have never told anyone about their abuse until they talk to us. Many go to counseling for the first time because we "make" them. It is the combination of talking about their abuse, standing up for themselves by bringing a lawsuit, and going to counseling, that we've seen change lives -- over and over. So this is a great job to have. 

I'm also fortunate in little ways. My law partner is fun to work with and has my same off-kilter sense of humor. My husband is also a lawyer so puts up with me and has terrific ideas. I live close enough to walk to work. And a neighborhood kitty has adopted our office as a daytime hangout so we have a trial mascot!


My Book Beginning this week is from The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar:

Although it is dawn, inside Bhima's heart it is dusk.

That's an evocative opening sentence! I like it. This one has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. I am glad to finally read it.

This is the story of two women in Bombay, India -- Sera and her servant Bhima. Both are older and have lost their husbands. They have much in common but a gulf of class and money separates them. It is excellent.


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From The Space Between Us:
Bhima walked quickly, anxious to be home. The straps of her rubber chappals dug into her feet, but she was too lost in her thoughts to notice the pain.


  1. These are great quotes. I haven't heard of The Space Between Us, but it looks good. Have a great weekend!

    1. The book is really absorbing me in its story. It is terrific! Enjoy your weekend too Breana!

  2. This sounds like an intriguing book. Those excerpts really grab your attention. What a cute kitty! Have a great weekend!

    1. The story is fascinating. We haven't seen the kitty in a couple of days. We hope s/he comes back!

  3. I can imagine that the work is emotionally exhausting as well but it sounds like you've got a great team and now a great office-kitty ;) That opening sentence has such an atmosphere to it, you get such an insight into Bhima straightaway! Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great weekend :)

  4. I've wanted to read THE SPACE BETWEEN us for so long. I just finished THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS, also set in India. Amazing!

  5. The best cats are the ones that decide to take a position you didn't know you had open. A cat once pressed his fuzzy face against the vertical window next to our front door, insisting he was now our cat. He was a wonderful addition to the family and we still miss him.

    The book sounds amazing. The first line really grabs you.


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