If you’re looking for your next book club selection, Paula McClain, author of The Paris Wife, offers up Thrity Umrigar’s THE STORY HOUR by challenging: “I dare anyone to resist this wonderful novel.” Best known for her international bestseller The Space Between Us, Umrigar delivers another achingly human story about friendship, marriage, and the power of second chances.
When Maggie, an experienced psychologist in Ohio, takes on an Indian patient (Lakshmi) who has recently attempted suicide, she naturally expects that they will remain professionally distant. But something in Lakshmi’s broken story—her loveless marriage, her long-lost family back in India, her overwhelming loneliness—compels Maggie to break her own rules and forge a sort of friendship with the girl. Yet as their friendship blossoms, conflicting expectations lead to shocking outcomes when long-buried secrets come to light, leaving both of them to confront each other and some painful decisions in their own lives.
THE STORY HOUR will have you questioning your own capacity for faith and forgiveness, and will likely elicit some heated discussion. Read a sample here, and take a look at the reading guide to share with your book club.