What We’re Reading: The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

Although I read this book for Professor Allison’s ENG 150: Intro to Literary Study class, I found that I could never stop myself just at the assigned pages for the week. I was so consumed by the story that I struggled to put the book down. The World We Found takes place primarily in India, and follows four women who were once best friends during university. They bonded through their activism in the aftermath of a time of great political upheaval, but grew apart after graduation — until one of them calls with the news that she’s dying. In a moment of significant political uncertainty here in America, this novel is incredibly timely. Umrigar’s prose is beautiful, and more than anything, she urges the reader not to take for granted the relationships that we form with one another and the lives that we build in the world as we find it.

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