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“Gowda has masterfully portrayed two families... linked by a powerful, painful tie that complicates their lives... A thought-provoking examination of the challenges of being a woman in America and in India -- and in the psychological spaces in between.” (Chitra Divakaruni, author of The Palace of Illusions)
“Set in California and the teeming city of Mumbai, SECRET DAUGHTER is a beautifully composed compelling story of love, loss, discovery and the true meaning of family.” (Anjali Banerjee, author of Imaginary Men)
Fiction with a conscience, as two couples worlds apart are linked by an adopted child....A lightweight fable of family division and reconciliation, gaining intensity and depth from the author’s sharp social observations (Kirkus)
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, this will appeal to the book club crowd. (Library Journal)
It’s moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed. What a wonderful story! (Mary Jane Clark, author of Dying for Mercy)
The Secret Daughter is a deeply moving and timeless story of an adopted daughter’s long distance search for cultural identity and acceptance; first with the mother who raised her, and ultimately with the mother who gave her up. (Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter)
In her engaging debut, Gowda weaves together two compelling stories… Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception from the points of view of Kavita,Somer, and Asha, while portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India. (Booklist)
This wise debut moves deftly between the child’s two mothers and cultures. (Good Housekeeping)
A No. 1 bestseller in Canada, “Secret Daughter” tells a nuanced coming-of-age story that is faithful to the economic and emotional realities of two very different cultures. (Washington Post) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Somer’s life is everything sheimagined it would be—she’snewly married and has startedher career as a physician in SanFrancisco—until she makes the devastatingdiscovery she never will beable to have children.
The same year in India, a poormother makes the heartbreakingchoice to save her newborn daughter’slife by giving her away. It is adecision that will haunt Kavita forthe rest of her life, and cause aripple effect that travels across theworld and back again.
Asha, adopted out of a Mumbaiorphanage, is the child that bindsthe destinies of these two women. Wefollow both families, invisibly connecteduntil Asha’s journey of self-discoveryleads her back to India.
Compulsively readable anddeeply touching, Secret Daughter isa story of the unforeseen ways inwhich our choices and families affectour lives, and the indelible power oflove in all its many forms.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
A memorable novel whose characters will always stay with mePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this book. Could not put it down. Well written. Read it for my bookclub and would definitely recommend.Published 10 months ago by Gamesmart
Great book! I found it interesting and very engaging. I had trouble putting it down!Published 11 months ago by Tara Bjorgan
Canadian first-time author Shilpi Somaya Gowda has written a compelling story that had me from the beginning. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lynn A. Davidson
This is a good story. The depiction of another culture and the inevitable adjustments (or not) of living in a different part of the globe was helpful in broadening one's... Read morePublished 15 months ago by A.E. Briggs
i read a fair amount of books and really enjoyed reading this book. when reading a story like this you learn about the beliefs in different countries that sometimes we do not... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Jane Amirault