Secret Daughter

by Shilpi Gowda

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | March 1, 2010 | Trade Paperback |

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In a tiny hut in rural India, Kavita gives birth to Asha. Unable to afford the ''luxury'' of raising a daughter, her husband forces Kavita to give the baby up--a decision that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.

Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When her husband Krishnan shows her a photo of baby Asha sent to him from a Mumbai orphanage, she falls instantly in love. As she waited for adoption to be finalized, she knew her life would change. But she was convinced that the love she already felt would overcome all obstacles.

In a braided narrative that unites the stories of Kavita, Somer and Asha, SECRET DAUGHTER, the debut novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss and belonging. As the story moves between the two families, one struggling to eke out an existence in Mumbai, the other grappling with the challenge of raising a brownskinned child from another culture, Gowda poignantly parses issues of culture, identity and familial loyalty

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061974307

ISBN - 13: 9780061974304

During the hazy, lazy days of summer, nothing is better than settling into a great read – the kind of story you can’t put down. "Secret Daughter" by Canadian born Shilpi Somaya Gowda is just such a story. On the evening of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, a heartbroken Kavita is forced to give away the baby she has long dreamed of having. After all, the baby is a girl and the poor in India simply can’t afford that luxury. Halfway around the world, in the enclave of Palo Alto – home of Stanford University – American-born Somer and her Indian husband Krishnan learn that they are unable to conceive. Eventually, their passion to have a child leads them to an orphanage in Mumbai and to the baby that Kavita has left behind. Interweaving the stories of Kavita and Somer and the child that binds both of their destinies, "Secret Daughter" poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love as witnessed through the eyes of two families – one Indian, one American – and the child that indelibly connects them all. Gowda’s story unfolds in rich colour as she transports the reader seamlessly between the tree lined suburb of Palo Alto and the teeming streets of Mumbai - complete with the smells, the unthinkable poverty, and the richness of cultural traditions that span the centuries. This is a book to read and savour and then pass on to everyone you know.

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Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter

by Shilpi Gowda

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 1, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061974307

ISBN - 13: 9780061974304

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In a tiny hut in rural India, Kavita gives birth to Asha. Unable to afford the ''luxury'' of raising a daughter, her husband forces Kavita to give the baby up--a decision that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.

Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When her husband Krishnan shows her a photo of baby Asha sent to him from a Mumbai orphanage, she falls instantly in love. As she waited for adoption to be finalized, she knew her life would change. But she was convinced that the love she already felt would overcome all obstacles.

In a braided narrative that unites the stories of Kavita, Somer and Asha, SECRET DAUGHTER, the debut novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss and belonging. As the story moves between the two families, one struggling to eke out an existence in Mumbai, the other grappling with the challenge of raising a brownskinned child from another culture, Gowda poignantly parses issues of culture, identity and familial loyalty

About the Author

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto to parents who migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1991, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage. She has lived in New York, North Carolina, and Texas, and currently makes her home in California with her husband and children.

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