When Frank and Ellie Benton lose their only child, 7-year-old Benny, to a sudden illness, the perfect life they had built is shattered. An unexpected job offer and a move to India give them an opportunity to start again—but their new life is filled with peril as well as promise.
In the rich tradition of the acclaimed works of Indian writers such as Rohinton Mistry, Akhil Sharma, Indra Sinha, and Jhumpa Lahiri, Thrity Umrigar's The Weight of Heaven: A Novel is an emotionally charged story that offers unique perspectives—both American and Indian—on the fragmented nature of modern India.
Praise for The Weight of Heaven:
“Umrigar is a perceptive and often piercing writer.” —New York Times Book Review
“Umrigar carries a burden as heavy as the title by using a tale of personal tragedy to depict the balance of power in global economics. . . . Her observations are dispassionate and astute enough to deliver at both levels. This is a morality tale tuned to our times.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer