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When psychotherapist Maggie Bose meets Lakshmi Patil for the first time, she finds a hopeless woman hospitalized after a suicide attempt. New to the U.S. and in an emotionally abusive marriage, Lakshmi feels completely isolated. Slowly, she begins to open up about her life in India, and the two women form an unlikely friendship that pushes doctor-patient boundaries — and ultimately leads Maggie to uncomfortable realizations about her own situation. — Lora Grady
The Story Hour, Thrity Umrigar, $26.