February 27, 2009
Off the Shelf - Episode 6: Thrity Umrigar and "The Weight of Heaven"
I'm thrilled to welcome friend, author and associate professor of English Thrity Umrigar for episode 6 of Off the Shelf. In this episode, we discuss Professor Umrigar's newest novel The Weight of Heaven, which will be published by Harper Collins Publishing in April, 2009. I believe that Off the Shelf has a scoop here, with Professor Umrigar's first media appearance in conjunction with the publication of this novel.
The Weight of Heaven is the story of Frank and Ellie Benton, a happily married Midwestern couple whose young son Benny dies of a sudden illness. In their quest to come to terms with what life will be like without their beloved son, Frank accepts a post from his employer in rural India. The novel concerns itself with how Ellie and Frank deal with their grief and try to regain a sense of who they are, both individually and as man and wife, at the same time that they alternatively discover, appreciate and wrestle with life in India.
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