Secret DaughterBook - 2010
Interweaving the stories of a Kavita, an orphan; Somer, the American doctor who adopted her; and Asha, the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son, a debut novel moves between two families--one struggling to survive in the slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite their diverging cultural identities. A first novel. 50,000 first printing.
“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.
Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son, as two families--one in India, the other in the United States--are changed by the child that connects them.
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Secret Daughter is a great book.. perfect for ages 13+ and is great for all mothers.. make you really think back and relate.
The story takes place in india, and is about a young mother names Kavita who finally has a baby girl but is forced to give her away due to certain costums in India. The baby girl is dropped at an orphange.
On the other side of the globe, Somer, in the us, is having trouble having a child so her husband krishnan thinks about adopting a child form India...
will kavitas baby girl have a connection with somer and krishnans adoption? read to find out :)
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