Thrity Umrigar’s Honor is the latest pick for Reese Witherspoon’s book club.
Umrigar’s novel, her ninth, follows an American journalist who travels to India, where she was born, to tell the story of a Hindu woman who is brutally attacked for marrying a Muslim man. A critic of Kirkus called the book “a graphic likeness of contemporary India rendered in broad brushstrokes.”
Witherspoon announced her latest roster on Instagram, to write“Complex and unfiltered, these are the [types] characters that stay with you long after you turn the pages.”
in a interview with the Los Angeles TimesUmrigar noted similarities between India, where she grew up, and the US, where she now lives.
“You must understand that I wrote Honor during the Trump years,” she said. “I wrote about India, but I also wrote about my own adopted country. Doing this differently from others is not a [phenomenon] you can assign to any country. The trend winds are blowing over the two largest democracies in the world, India and the United States. I am sometimes shocked and bewildered and dismayed by the parallels.”
On Twitter, Umrigar reacted to the selection of her novel, to write“Thank you, @ReeseW, for modeling for us how women can elevate other women. Thank you for choosing my novel as your pick for January 2022.”
Thank you, @ReeseW, to model for us how women can elevate other women. Thank you for choosing my novel as your pick for January 2022.
— Thrity Umrigar (@ThrityUmrigar) January 4, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.