A story that “vividly captures how the bonds of womanhood are pitted against the divisions of class and culture.” Sera Dubash is an upper-middle-class housewife who devotes herself to caring for her pregnant daughter and son-in-law. Bhima has worked as a domestic servant for the Dubash family for over twenty years, pinning her hopes to escape the slums on her granddaughter Maya, a university student. But when Maya becomes pregnant and will not reveal who the father is, all of Bhima’s planning and hope for her family’s future may be lost forever.
For more books set in/about Bombay/Mumbai, check these out:
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (nonfiction)
Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts