Secret Daughter: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | May 29, 2012

byShilpi Somaya Gowda

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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.

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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 cau...

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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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 inPublished:May 29, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062203967

ISBN - 13:9780062203960

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quinte Diverse Reads Club " Secret Daughter" by Shilipi Somaya Gowda a Canadian author, is her first novel. This novel takes one away to another culture, India, in the 1980's. Our readers enjoyed the style of writing, not too flowery or descriptive just enough to picture the places, sights and sounds. It explores the conflicts and contradictions of modern India, concentrating on the themes of motherhood, loss, family,forgiveness and the power of Love.The characters were all believable and allowed the reader to sympathize with them even though at times some of them were very unlikable.It certainly is a story that can overwhelm one emotionally and did bring our readers to tears. Worth the read. We rated the book 4/5.
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An extraordinary read, very convincing, with an ending that is both satisfying and disturbing. Canadian first-time author Shilpi Somaya Gowda has written a compelling story that had me from the beginning. Born in Toronto, Canada, to parents from Bombay, India, she had insight and good understanding of both cultures. She mostly told the story from the perspective of three women – the adopted daughter, the adoptive mother and the birth mother. It was involved and interesting and hard to put down once I started reading. I don’t want to give away too much and spoil it for you, but for anyone who has adopted from another country, or is thinking about it, this book gives a different view of some of the things to take into consideration. The characters are well-developed, their life situations are convincing and detailed, and the reader gets to share in the story of their lives over a span of twenty-five years. It was easy to care about them. In fact, I experienced a range of emotions as I read this international bestseller. I liked how the author headed her chapters with not only the title, but also the location, date, and name of the person the reader was visiting in that chapter. Each chapter is only a few pages long which made it easy to read when having only a few minutes. It also helped the reader get oriented right from the start and occasionally helped the author step over a span of several years to move along in the story. It was well done. The only thing I did not like is the way the author chose to end this novel, although it is quite believable the way it happened. Obviously the ending did not interfere with the book’s success. Even so, if you are one who likes to read the end of a book first … in this case DON’T! Please, do yourself the favour of not peeking. It is well worth the wait. There has been criticism that the author ignored or changed some things about the culture of India to fit her story, but I don’t agree. In a couple of places I had questions, too, but since I have never studied their culture nor have I visited that country, I accepted that perhaps it was something that is changing there with the times. I believed the author would know that, so I didn’t let my lack of information get in the way of a great read. Originally, this is not a book I planned to review, but having experienced it I wanted to introduce it to you to add to your TBR list. You won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated out of 5 by from Just finishing reading this novel over the weekend. What a brilliant story from a fresh new author. I just love the way she writes and how all characters (individual stories) connect to each! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an emotional upliftment!
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Heartbreaking! I'm currently reading this spectacular novel by first time author Shilpi S Gowda. I highly recommend this novel to anyone whose interested in a phenomenal read. The author sticks to the plot and theory of the story and continues to offer a well descriptive and detailed read of all characters! I absolutely love this book and cannot wait to see what the end beholds.
Date published: 2012-08-05