Summer Reading 2013
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Summer reading for 2013 is The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar.
About the book
As a novel about what the publisher calls “Indian apartheid,” Umrigar’s book raises questions about apartheid in general and forces us to confront our own biases and prejudices. It questions the degree to which there is goodness and grace in human relationships, and it forces us to reimagine what it means to be heroic.
While it follows the lives of Hindus, Sikhs, and Muslims, The Space Between Us speaks strongly to the Lutheran tradition and asks us to contemplate several contradictions: intimacy and distance, constraint and freedom, awareness and ignorance. “At its most basic,” says Umrigar, “The Space Between Us is a book about what brings us together and what divides us as human beings.”
As a novel about moving outside of your comfort zone and entering new emotional spaces, this is a powerful work with which to welcome new students at orientation, when they will meet with their Paideia section to discuss the questions raised by The Space Between Us. In addition, Umrigar will be the 2013 convocation speaker, and we anticipate great conversations arising from our communal read of this work.
Want to know more?
- Paideia Fall 2013 Summer Reading Guide (906 KB PDF Document)2013 Summer Reading Guide