The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Social classes in modern-day Bombay are wildly different between each class. This book gives us the story of middle class Sera and her long-time servant Bhima. The two have become quite close over the years, despite the fact that they shouldn't be according to social customs. They each were married and both had troubled marriages in different ways. They each had children and either have or are about to welcome grandchildren to the world. It seems that despite the troubles they have experienced, they are still close. This novel explores their past and the recent pregnancies of Maya, Bhima's grandaughter and Dinaz, Sera's daughter.
Despite the different classes, both women have experienced more than their share of heartbreak and grief during their lives. It makes for a rather depressing story, though very elegantly written. The characters and their stories draw you in and there are knots in your stomach as they are treated with such injustice.
The only flaw in this book is the ending. There is just no way, given the years of misery that the characters had to endure, that this ending could ever have happened.
First Line: "Although it is dawn, inside Bhima's heart it is dusk."