Podcast Episode 105: Thrity Umrigar (Author of Honor)

Thrity Umrigar Honor

In Episode 105, Sarah and Thrity (author of Honor) tackle some hard-hitting questions related to the themes in her emotional book: religion, women’s rights, and identity. Thrity discusses the complicated relationship an immigrant often has with their homeland and the complex duality of human nature. 

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  • Spoiler-free summary of Honor.
  • The real-life story behind the inspiration for her book.
  • How Thrity constructed the present-day India in the book.
  • Character development and which character’s (Meena’s or Smita’s) story came first.
  • The ways miscommunication and misunderstandings drive real-life and fictional tensions.
  • How she conveyed the joy and beauty of India, juxtaposed against the horrific events of the story.
  • How rural vs. urban landscapes each form different composite communities.
  • From working title to finished product, what Thrity wants readers to know about the title and the layered meaning of the word honor.
  • Thrity shares details about her next novel.

Thrity’s Book Recommendations [32:48]

Two OLD Books She Loves

Two NEW Books She Loves

One NEW RELEASE She’s Excited About

Last 5-Star Book Thrity Read

Other Books Mentioned

About Thrity

Thrity Umrigar Honor

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Thrity Umrigar is the bestselling author of eight novels, including The Space Between Us, which was a finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award, as well as a memoir and three picture books. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in more than fifteen countries. She is the winner of a Lambda Literary Award and a Seth Rosenberg Award and is Distinguished Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University. A recipient of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard, she has contributed to the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Huffington Post.

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In 2 weeks, on March 9th, comes a special episode — 2022 Superlatives — where Catherine Gilmore and I will be answering the fourth bucket of questions from Episode 100’s Ask Me Anything

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