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Secret Daughter - Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Secret Daughter
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On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha. But in a culture that favours sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the... show more
On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha. But in a culture that favours sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. 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 she and her husband Krishnan see a photo of baby Asha from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion for her. Somer knows life will change with the adoption, but is convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and Asha, "Secret Daughter" poignantly explores issues of culture and belonging. Moving between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive in the fetid slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite their diverging cultural identities, this powerful debut novel marks the arrival of a fresh talent poised for great success.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780061974304 (0061974307)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 339
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Interesting story but ultimately fell flat.
A poor mother in India is devastated when she has given birth to another daughter. Determined to not let her fall to the same fate as a previous daughter, she drags herself to an orphanage to hopefully leave her child in better care. That same year, a woman discovers it is highly unlikely she could ...
Sheziss loves Zeshak
Sheziss loves Zeshak rated it
1.0 Secret Daughter
I had read half the book and when my American teacher left, so I was glad I didn't have to finish it. Seriously boring, but she was a nice person, so I tried it for her. Phew.
Lisa (Fic Talk)
Lisa (Fic Talk) rated it
2.0 Secret Daughter: A Novel
Not bad, but not that great either. While the author had all the right ingredients for her dish, I just felt like the final product was a bit lacking. Her writing style and the tense in which she wrote hindered the smoothness of the book and her multiple points of views were sometimes too much. Ther...
lievedebs
lievedebs rated it
3.0 Secret Daughter
It was a good book. Something bothered me personally. But it's ok.
A Book and A Review #2
A Book and A Review #2 rated it
5.0
I read this book for my live book club and am so happy it was "moved up my TBR" I loved this book. The characters were complex, it was heartbreaking and almost made me bawl at the end of it. Def. a winner for me. I think it is one of those book that is a "things that make you go Hmmmmm" in regards t...
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