Luncheon Event with Thrity Umrigar

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Luncheon Event with Thrity Umrigar

We are excited to welcome one of our favorite fiction authors, Thrity Umrigar, back to the store this summer for her latest novel, Everybody’s Son. Thrity is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be SweetThe Weight of HeavenThe World We Found and The Story Hour. She will join us on Thursday, July 6th from noon to 2:00 p.m. at Stafford’s Perry Hotel in the Rose Room. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. The cost of this luncheon is $25. For more information, please contact us at 231.347.1180 or send us an email.

In Everybody’s Son, Thrity deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families—one black, one white.

During a terrible heat wave in 1991—the worst in a decade—ten-year-old Anton has been locked in an apartment in the projects, alone, for seven days, without air conditioning or a fan. With no electricity, the refrigerator and lights do not work. Hot, hungry, and desperate, Anton shatters a window and climbs out. Cutting his leg on the broken glass, he is covered in blood when the police find him. 

Juanita, his mother, is discovered in a crack house less than three blocks away, nearly unconscious and half-naked. When she comes to, she repeatedly asks for her baby boy. She never meant to leave Anton—she went out for a quick hit and was headed right back, until her drug dealer raped her and kept her high. Though the bond between mother and son is extremely strong, Anton is placed with child services while Juanita goes to jail.

The Harvard-educated son of a US senator, Judge David Coleman is a scion of northeastern white privilege. Desperate to have a child in the house again after the tragic death of his teenage son, David uses his power and connections to keep his new foster son, Anton, with him and his wife, Delores—actions that will have devastating consequences in the years to come. 

Following in his adopted family’s footsteps, Anton, too, rises within the establishment. But when he discovers the truth about his life, his birth mother, and his adopted parents, this man of the law must come to terms with the moral complexities of crimes committed by the people he loves most.

Thrity is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries.
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 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
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$25.00
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Everybody's Son Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062442246
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Published: Harper - June 6th, 2017

The bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The World We Found deftly explores issues of race, class, privilege, and power and asks us to consider uncomfortable moral questions in this probing, ambitious, emotionally wrenching novel of two families--one black, one white.


The Space Between Us Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9780062564641
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 11th, 2016

The national bestselling novel--from the author of Bombay Time, If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven--vividly captures the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictively readable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family--now available in a limited Olive Edition.


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The Story Hour Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062259318
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 28th, 2015

From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a "perceptive and . . . piercing writer," comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances.


The World We Found Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061938351
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 31st, 2012

Thrity Umrigar, acclaimed author of The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven, returns with a breathtaking new novel--a skillfully wrought, emotionally resonant story of four women and the indelible friendship they share.


The Weight of Heaven Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061472558
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Published: Harper Perennial - February 2nd, 2010

"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


First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780061451614
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 21st, 2008

First Darling of the Morning is the powerful and poignant memoir of bestselling author Thrity Umrigar, tracing the arc of her Bombay childhood and adolescence from her earliest memories to her eventual departure for the United States at age twenty-one.


If Today Be Sweet Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780061240249
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 27th, 2008

The recent death of her beloved husband, Rustom, has taken its toll on Tehmina Sethna. Now, while visiting her son, Sorab, in his suburban Ohio home, she is being asked to choose between continuing her old life in India and starting a new one in this unfamiliar country with her son, his American wife, and their child.


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