Secret Daughter

March 1, 2010|
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Gowda
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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

Heather's Review

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 drea...

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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 mak...
Title:Secret Daughter
Product dimensions:352 pages, 9.13 X 6.13 X 0.93 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 9.13 X 6.13 X 0.93 in
Published:March 1, 2010
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780061974304

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