The Weight of Heaven

The Weight of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Having lost their beloved only child to a sudden illness, Frank and Ellie Benton hope to rebuild their lives by accepting a job offer in India but find their new home compromised by Frank's efforts to heal his grief through a friendship with a young boy.


“Powerful. . . . Twisty, brimming with dark humor and keen moral insight, The Weight of Heaven packs a wallop on both a literary and emotional level. . . . Umrigar . . . is a descriptive master.” —Christian Science Monitor

From Thrity Umrigar, bestselling author of The Space Between Us, comesThe Weight of Heaven. In the rich tradition of the acclaimed works of Indian writers such as Rohinton Mistry, Akhil Sharma, Indra Sinha, and Jhumpa Lahiri,The Weight of Heaven is an emotionally charged story about unexpected death, unhealed wounds, and the price one father will pay to protect himself from pain and loss. Additionally, it offers unique perspectives, both Indian and American, on the fragmented nature of globalized India.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061719998
Characteristics: 534 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 08, 2015

The writing is good, but the plot is VERY slow paced and depressing. I found Frank to be an unlikeable character with no integrity. I don't recommend this book.

skylars Nov 11, 2013

About married couple from Ann Arbor whose 7 year old son died from an illness. Moved to India for job transfer and husband becomes fixated on 9 year old son of their caretakers. Such a sad ending. I absolutely love-love this author!

Jan 04, 2013

A very interesting commentary on social justice and the impact of Western values on Third World countries. Although the circumstances in the book are extremely coincidental, the story line is engaging and has a powerful message.

kmccool99 Dec 18, 2012

So far I have enjoyed every book this author has written. She has a great style and even though this book is filled with sadness it gives you a good reminder of living in the present and being thankful for what you have.

Booktraveler Jan 21, 2012

I picked up this book because I really enjoyed another book by Umrigar “The Space Between Us”. This book wasn’t quite as good but still a good read. The main characters in this book are an American couple who are suffering from the recent loss of their young son. The husband accepts a position as a facility manager in India with his company. The story covers their new relationships and experiences in this foreign country all the while they are still attempting to come to terms with their son’s death. Some interesting social issues are presented mostly around economic class inequities.

smc01 Apr 11, 2011

This beautifully written book is a powerhouse of emotion. Even though it is sometimes hard to read because of the sadness, it is well worth it. The plot is compelling and the characters and settings are well developed. It's one of those unforgettable books that I did not want to end.

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