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Secret Daughter: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya…

Secret Daughter: A Novel (edition 2010)

by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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Title:Secret Daughter: A Novel
Authors:Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Info:William Morrow (2010), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
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Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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La vida de Somer, recientemente casada y con una prometedora carrera como doctora por delante, es todo cuanto una vez soñó. Hasta que recibe la devastadora noticia de que nunca podrá tener hijos. Ese mismo año en la India, Kavita, una campesina que acaba de dar a luz, toma la desoladora decisión de deshacerse de su hija para salvarla de la miseria. Este hecho, que planeará como un fantasma durante toda su vida, provocará una cascada de efectos que irán de una punta a otra del mundo. La pequeña, Asha, adoptada por Somer y su marido en un orfanato de Bombay, será el vínculo entre estas dos mujeres. La historia nos guía a través de las vidas de estas dos familias, invisiblemente conectadas, hasta que Asha decide emprender un viaje hacia el país que la vio nacer y en el que dejará atrás la infancia. De lectura compulsiva y profundamente emocional, La hija del monzón es una historia acerca de la imprevisible manera en que las decisiones que tomamos afectan a nuestras vidas, así como del imborrable poder que encierra el amor en todas sus formas
  Haijavivi | Jun 3, 2019 |
mixed writing. I call this a Publisher's book. Basically a good idea gone wrong. ( )
  yhgail | Feb 20, 2019 |
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda; (4 1/2*)

A remarkable novel!
The book is a wonderful story that illustrates the love a mother and father have for their children regardless of how they were conceived. It also sheds light on foreign customs and traditions and how they affect the family dynamic and relationships. I enjoyed how the story was told from five different perspectives. I was invested in these characters and also some of the back story ones as well.
I would have loved to see a different ending but for this book that just wouldn't have worked.
I highly recommend this novel. ( )
  rainpebble | Jan 24, 2019 |
This was a very readable book - the pages flew from the start. I liked the dual nature of the locations in the story - or really it was a trio of locations, because the two settings in India were so different. I really liked the story - I liked the protagonist Asha - I felt the story of Somer dragged a little - but basically was a really good read. ( )
  alanna1122 | Nov 25, 2018 |
Tip: While reading this book, have some delicious Indian food handy. You will be very hungry. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
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First-time author Shilpi Somaya Gowda brings to life two opposing but heart-rending concerns to jump-start her novel – infertility for North American women and the disregard for girls in India – through the stories of two families, the American Thakkars, both doctors, and the poverty-stricken Merchants in rural India..The novel is often emotionally poignant, especially when Gowda taps into the losses and fears that both mothers face, or as Asha slowly begins to appreciate what a family in all its intricacies can mean.
In her engaging debut, Gowda weaves together two compelling stories... Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception ..., while portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India.
added by ShilpiGowda | editBooklist, Deborah Donovan (Jan 1, 2010)

Dualities abound in this engrossing first novel by Dallas writer Shilpi Somaya Gowda.

The story arcs over 25 years in two nations with very different cultures: India and the United States. The narrative follows two sets of parents, and at the heart of the tale are two children..The sounds, scents and sights of India are vividly drawn, pulling the reader deep into a culture that most of us have only glimpsed, perhaps, in Slumdog Millionaire. Two worlds collide, then meld, in a story that intimately considers how we all are shaped, through fate or free will, nurture or nature, by the astounding power of family love
“First novelist Gowda offers especially vivid descriptions of the contrasts and contradictions of modern India … Rife with themes that lend themselves to discussion, such as cultural identity, adoption, and women's roles.”
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"[A] fable of family division and reconciliation, gaining intensity and depth from the author’s sharp social observations.”
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He clutches the worn slip of paper in his hand, trying to compare the letters written there to the red sign hanging on the door in front of him.
Her mother always said the key to a successful marriage was for each spouse to give as much as they thought they possibly could. And then, to give a little more. Somewhere in that extra giving, in the space created by generosity without score keeping, was the difference between marriages that thrived and those that didn't.
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A stunning debut novel that explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity and culture, witnessed through the lives of two families, one Indian, one American, and the daughter who indelibly binds them.

Somer's life is everything she imagined it would be — she's newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco — until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children.

The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter's life by giving her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back again.

Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinities of these two women. We follow both familes, invisibly connected until Asha's journey of self-discovery leads her back to India.

Compulsively readable and deeply touching, SECRET DAUGHTER is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms.
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