First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood

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HarperCollins Publishers India, 2004 - Authors - 294 pages
A Poignant And Brave Exploration Of Childhood S Less Lovely Spaces& It Is Bombay, In The Seventies And Eighties. The Author Is An Only Child In A Middle-Class Parsi Family And Her Life Is Typical Of A Convent-Educated Indian Schoolgirl. However, There Is No Denying The Thinly-Veiled Racial Prejudices Of Her Family And Her Mother S Sadistic Streak& First Darling Of The Morning Is A Sensitive, Vividly-Relived Memoir That Captures The Innocence And Confusion Of A Small Girl Struggling Against The Paradoxes That Rock Her Life Of A Middle-Class Parsi Girl Going To A Catholic School In A Predominantly Hindu City; Of A Girl Cosy In The Overwhelming Love Of Her Extended Family And Yet A Victim Of The Exacting Demands Of Grown-Up Love; Of A Privileged, Westernized, Citified Kid, A Stranger In Her Own Land, Devastated By The Guilt Of Growing Up Provided-For In A Country Of Abysmal Poverty... With An Unflinching Gaze...Umrigar Pulls Each Of [Her Characters] Into And Out Of Focus To Reveal The Definitive At Times Profoundly Intimate Events Of Their Respective Lives... [A] Dazzling Debut.

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I thoroughly enjoyed Thrity Umrigar's memoir. I met her a the Sioux Falls Book Celebration and it was great to read about what this quiet, well spoken professor was like as a child in Bombay. Read full review

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Umrigar's fictional works (Bombay Time; The Space Between Us; If Today Be Sweet) evoke nostalgia for a particular moment in India: the postcolonial but still preliberalization 1960s and 1970s, the ... Read full review


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Thrity Umrigar is an Indian-American writer, who was born in Mumbai. She received her Bachelors of Science from Bombay University. She immigrated to the United States when she was 21.She then went on to earn her M.A. From Ohio State and her Phd from Kent State University. She is a journalist and the author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven. She has written for the Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, among other newspapers, and regularly writes for The Boston Globe 's book pages. She is currently assistant professor of English at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches creative writing and literature. She was a winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University. She has a Ph.D. in English and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her title Space Between Us made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2011.

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