It looks like I’m still on a “just one book” kick. I sort of miss having several books in progress but I think with all the crafting stuff I have going on it’s probably best that I just stick with one book. Well, I say that now but let’s see how long this lasts.
I’ve just started The Weight of Heaven by Thrity Umrigar, which I won from a giveaway Serena hosted a while back. I had read The Space Between Us a few years ago and enjoyed discussing that novel with my book group so I was definitely looking forward to this book.
“A few days after Benny’s death, Ellie and Frank Benton broke into separate people. Although they didn’t know it then. At that time, all they could do was concentrate on getting through each bewildering day, fighting to suppress the ugly memories that burst to the surface like fish above water. On the day of the funeral, Frank urged himself to go up to Ellie and say something brave and consoling to her, something that would reassure her that he understood, that he did not blame her for what had happened. But he was felled by a clear, sharp thought: He didn’t know how.”
The story starts off with a couple who’ve lost their only child and after a year of mourning decide to relocate to India. The husband hopes he can forgive his wife as he blames her for the child’s death and the wife hopes that a new change of scenery may help to repair their marriage.
I’m really just getting into the story and already I can tell there will be a lot of emotional drama as the couple tries to navigate life in a new country, new customs and a new way of looking at one another.
Have you read this book? What did you think?