The Secrets Between Us By Thrity Umrigar

Please join us in reading The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar for our book club monthly read!

We will be reviewing the book, along with our book club discussion questions for November 30, 2018.


Poor and illiterate, Bhima had faithfully worked for the Dubash family, an upper-middle-class Parsi household, for more than twenty years. Yet after courageously speaking the truth about a heinous crime perpetrated against her own family, the devoted servant was cruelly fired. The sting of that dismissal was made more painful coming from Sera Dubash, the temperamental employer who had long been Bhima’s only confidante. A woman who has endured despair and loss with stoicism, Bhima must now find some other way to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.

Bhima’s fortunes take an unexpected turn when her path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. The two acquaintances soon form a tentative business partnership, selling fruits and vegetables at the local market. As they work together, these two women seemingly bound by fate grow closer, each confessing the truth about their lives and the wounds that haunt them. Discovering her first true friend, Bhima pieces together a new life, and together, the two women learn to stand on their own.

Synopsis from hardcover book, 368 pages, copyright 2018 and published by HarperCollins.

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One thought on “The Secrets Between Us By Thrity Umrigar

  1. Our book club is reading this book. Just finished it – really loved this book. but can’t figure out why Bhima’s husband left with their son. Was he in an accident and she was duped into signing off on benefits he might have gotten? And why he took only the son and not the daughter. And why he was so happy to see her in the end, but hadn’t made any attempt to find her (and she alluded to the fact that they were waiting for her).
    Thx Mary

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