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Honor Hardcover – Jan. 4 2022

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Honor is an utterly engrossing novel about two very different women whose lives converge after an unspeakable act of violence in India. With insight and compassion, Thrity Umrigar writes masterfully about the complexities of hatred and love, estrangement and belonging, oppression and privilege, about holding on and letting go. A powerful, important, unforgettable book.”
—Cheryl Strayed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wild

“In the way 
A Thousand Splendid Suns told of Afghanistan’s women, Thrity Umrigar tells a story of India with the intimacy of one who knows the many facets of a land both modern and ancient, awash in contradictions, permeated by a smoldering mix of ageless traditions and new ideas, beauty and brutality, hope and despair, certainty and mystery. A place where love can sometimes involve the peril of defying convention . . . and ultimately risking everything for what matters most.”
—Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours 

Honor is a novel of profound depths—cultural, personal, romantic, spiritual. It’s also a story of tremendous grace, both in the understanding it shows its characters and in the ways they navigate a brutal but stunning life.”
—Rebecca Makkai, Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Great Believers

“Honor by Thrity Umrigar is about an Indian-American journalist named Smita who returns to India on assignment. The story she’s covering is an emotionally riddled one that utilizes the lives of characters to portray the cultural realities of India, both new and old. Her experiences lift the veil on the complexities of journalism and leave Smita questioning her boundaries as a reporter. Complex and unfiltered, these are the type of characters that stick with you long after you turn the pages . . . Powerful story about family, devotion, and cultural truths all through the eyes of an incredible journalist.”  
—Reese Witherspoon, the January 2022 Reese’s Book Club Pick

“Umrigar aptly tackles honor killings in rural India and paints Meena with agency and depth . . .
Honor boldly examines a system that continues to greenlight brutality and serves as a poignant reminder that despite all odds, ‘in every country, in every crisis, there are a handful of people who will stand against the tide.' ”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
 

“Umrigar’s strength as a writer is most potent in individual scenes that distill these tensions. Just as the arc of the story builds to a crescendo, both in its hastening action surrounding the trial of Meena’s brothers and the reader’s understanding of Smita’s history, so do smaller moments . . . The many layers that comprise Honor unfurl like a peak season peony.”
The Boston Globe

“Thrity Umrigar’s novel offers a well-rounded portrait of India . . . Whether she’s writing about the bright lights of Mumbai or the poverty of village life, Umrigar excels at creating engaging situations and scenes. Readers will appreciate this novel’s deep understanding of the many complexities of Indian society.”
—BookPage

“Propulsive . . . Umrigar offers readers a broad understanding of the complicated issues at play in contemporary India.”
Publishers Weekly

“The kind of book that makes me want to sit for hours and read… Powerful and poignant.”
Southern Bookseller Review

“Full-bodied and insightful, 
Honor is both a page-turning account of a horrific family drama and a meditation on the complexities of love—both personal and national.” 
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“Umrigar excels in her juxtaposition of the contrasts between the tech hub image of contemporary India and the deep religious divisions that continue to wrack rural regions . . . This is a thought-provoking portrait of an India that ‘felt inexpressibly large—as well as small and provincial enough to choke.’”
Booklist

“With 
Honor, Thrity Umrigar continues her habit of laying bare the folly of our perceived differences. This is an intense and spellbinding novel, ricocheting between fear and hope, betrayal and redemption. It is the story of the human heart in all its complexities, and love worth fighting for.”
—Connie Schultz, bestselling author of The Daughters of Erietown

About the Author

Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Space Between Us, which was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, as well as a memoir and three picture books. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in more than fifteen countries. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Seth Rosenberg Award and is Distinguished Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. A recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, she has contributed to the  Boston Globe , the Washington Post, the New York Times and Huffington Post.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books (Jan. 4 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 161620995X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1616209957
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 476 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.26 x 3.05 x 23.11 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 3,438 ratings

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Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of nine novels, including Honor, Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, The Secrets Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning and three picture books for kids--When I Carried You in My Belly, Binny's Diwali and Sugar in Milk. Honor is a Reese Book Club pick. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

The Space Between Us was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins award, while her memoir was a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award. If Today Be Sweet was a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection, while her other books have been Community Reads selections. Thrity is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize.

Thrity was born in Bombay, India and came to the U.S. when she was 21. As a Parsi child attending a Catholic school in a predominantly Hindu country, she had the kind of schizophrenic and cosmopolitan childhood that has served her well in her life as a writer. Accused by teachers and parents alike of being a daydreaming, head-in-the-clouds child, she grew up lost in the fictional worlds created by Steinbeck, Hemingway, Woolf and Faulkner. She would emerge long enough from these books to create her own fictional and poetic worlds. Encouraged by her practical-minded parents to get an undergraduate degree in business, Thrity survived business school by creating a drama club and writing, directing and acting in plays. Her first short stories, essays and poems were published in national magazines and newspapers in India at age fifteen.

After earning a M.A. in journalism in the U.S., Thrity worked for several years as an award-winning reporter, columnist and magazine writer. She also earned a Ph.D. in English. In 1999, Thrity won a one-year Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University, which is given to mid-career journalists.

While at Harvard, Thrity wrote her first novel, Bombay Time. In 2002 she accepted a teaching position at Case Western Reserve University She also does occasional freelance pieces for national publications and has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post's and the Boston Globe's book pages.

Thrity is active on the national lecture circuit and has spoken at book festivals such as the L.A. Festival of Books, the Tuscon Book Festival and the Miami Book Fair International; at universities such as MIT, Harvard University, and Spelman College; and before literary societies, civic and business organizations and public libraries all across the country.

Find out more about Thrity's books go to www.umrigar.com or to Thrity's author page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Thrity-Umrigar-21555987101/

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
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4.0 out of 5 stars not my usual read
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in a lot of great books by Umrigar
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2.0 out of 5 stars I feel this was not Thrity Umrigar at her best. Pre-Ordered with great anticipation.
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