Secret Daughter: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | May 29, 2012

byShilpi Somaya Gowda

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“Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed.  What a wonderful story!”
—Mary Jane Clark

 

“This book is a must for anyone touched by adoption, or India, or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers.”
—Sujata Massey, author of Shimura Trouble

 

Secret Daughter, a first novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love through the experiences of two families—one Indian, one American—and the child that binds them together. A masterful work set partially in the Mumbai slums so vividly portrayed in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire, Secret Daughter recalls the acclaimed novels of Kim Edwards and Thrity Umrigar, yet sparkles with the freshness of a truly exciting new literary voice.

 

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“Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed.  What a wonderful story!”—Mary Jane Clark “This book is a must for anyone touched by adoption, or India, or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers.”—Sujata Massey, author of Shimura Trouble Secret Daughter, a first novel by ...

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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 ad...

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

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ISBN - 10:0062200941

ISBN - 13:9780062200945

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing stort I have read this book 3 times, and every time I laugh, cry, get mad and feel so much for these characters. This book is one of the most well written, touching and incredible stories I have ever read. It is forever a favorite. I have passed it along to some many people!
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret daughter Could not wait to pick up where i left off. Also learned a few things. A good read and was plesantly surprized
Date published: 2015-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secet daughter I thought this was an amazing book. Well wrten, a page turner. I could not put it down. I felt there were many life lessons to be learned from this story. A fantastic read. I recommend it highly.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I loved this book from the beginnning to end! Great writing and captivating. Kept you close to the characters.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter This book is one of the best reads for awhile. The story is about love , trials and forgiveness. I will read a second time. Can't put down easily, a real page turner. Olive.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I really enjoyed this book. There were so many themes and I found that I could identify with many of the feelings that were expressed by each of the women.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I devoured this book in less than two days. This was a beautiful story with more than one heartbreaking theme. First, we are face with an Indian mother's sacrifice for the love of her newborn daughter and her family's struggle to make a living in modern day India. Then, we learn of her daughter's adoption and subsequent search for her birth parents and identity as she grows. We also experience the cultural differences between an American wife and mother and her Indian husband and adopted daughter. This was a really great story that touches on a lot of important issues. Beautifully told and great characters. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2014-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter A page turner. The characters are rich and their stories create a plot that takes the reader on a journey that follows the lives (in all their joy and sadness) of two families forever joined by the birth of a daughter though they are separated by geography.
Date published: 2014-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I loved this book. it kept me rivetted from beginning to end.
Date published: 2014-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter A great story about the trials of motherhood and the decisions in life we must face in order to protect our children. I was hooked just from the preview. Well written and keeps the reader engaged the whole way through.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter Loved this book. I realized towards end of book had read this book two years ago and enjoyed even more the second time around. It was sad and informative and not predictable. It may characters and loved the way the writer describes the situations.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter Heart wrenching and very sensitive. Two mothers on opposite ends of the world struggling with insecurities and hardships that are inherent to motherhood and womanhood across the globe.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I really enjoyed this well written book. Once I started it I didn't want to put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter An amazing read, gripping story and a quick page turner. Can't wait for Shilipi's next book. The character development was excellent and her description of India made me feel like I was there.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I am usually a Teen fiction kind of gal until my mom suggested I read this book. It was a total page turner. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to switch up their tastes for a good read. The story was very moving. Loved it!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret Daughter I found this book to be an entertaining read and I learned a lot about poverty in India . Enjoyed the read
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So moved! Such an emotional book! I was able to easily connect with each and every one of the characters. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book, kept me interested Great book filled with an abundance of emotions seen from each character
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic It was a beautiful story, it made feel proud of being a mother and a woman. Also, being thankful for the fortune of having many opportunities other women don't have and gave me a great insight on the Indian culture. A must read.
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One for all mothers. Anyone who is a mother in any form needs to read this book. So heartfelt and true. Wow.
Date published: 2013-11-15

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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.