THE WORLD WE FOUND by Thrity Umrigar
Publisher Harper Collins, January 1, 2012
The acclaimed author of
The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven returns with a
breathtaking, skillfully wrought story of four women and the unbreakable
ties they share.
As university students in late 1970s Bombay, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and
Nishta were inseparable. Spirited and unconventional, they challenged
authority and fought for a better world. But much has changed over the past
thirty years. Following different paths, the quartet drifted apart, the
day-to-day demands of work and family tempering the revolutionary fervor
they once shared.
Then comes devastating news: Armaiti, who moved to America, is gravely ill
and wants to see the old friends she left behind. For Laleh, reunion is a
bittersweet reminder of unfulfilled dreams and unspoken guilt. For Kavita,
it is an admission of forbidden passion. For Nishta, it is the promise of
freedom from a bitter fundamentalist husband. And for Armaiti, it is an act
of acceptance, of letting go on her own terms even if her ex-husband and
daughter do not understand her choices.
In the course of their journey to reconnect, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and
Nishta must confront the truths of their lives—acknowledge long-held
regrets, face painful secrets and hidden desires, and reconcile their
idealistic past and their compromised present. And they will have to decide
what matters most, a choice that may just help them reclaim the
extraordinary world they once found.
Exploring the enduring bonds of friendship and the power of love to change
lives, and offering an unforgettable portrait of modern India—a nation
struggling to bridge economic, religious, gender, and generational
divides—The World We Found is a dazzling masterwork from the remarkable