The World We Found is the best book I have read this year. Thrity had me from the first chapter because the characters are so real and memorable. She tackles love, loyalty, injustice, and survival. The story explores the bonds of friendship and the power of love to change lives. It has meaning, insight, and deep questions that challenge the reader to think about our lives and how our past defines us. One main question: are we the same people we were in our formative years?
The World We Found covers the 1970′s and the present. It offers a portrait of modern India; a nation struggling to bridge economic, religious, gender, and generational divides. It is the story of four women who were inseparable and who fought for a better world. Life happened and they followed their individual paths until they drifted apart and their fervor got tempered by reality. Tragedy happens and the old bonds of the past coming reeling back. They each confront the truths of their present lives and the path they chose and try to reconcile their idealistic past with their compromised present. Ultimately, each has to decide what matters most in a choice that “may just help them reclaim the extraordinary world they once found.”