Tuesday, July 1, 2014 |
In Shilpi Somaya Gowda's evocative debut novel, the lives of an American family and an Indian family become forever connected when a baby girl is born. Her birth mother in rural India knows she must give her up in order for her to have a better life -- and the American family that adopts her does so with open arms. However, the path to happiness isn't as straightforward as it might seem. Beautifully written, Secret Daughter explores how love and loss shape who we are.
"Being a woman in India is an altogether different experience. You can't always see the power women hold, but it is there, in the firm grasp of the matriarchs who still rule most families. It has not been easy for Sarla to navigate the female path: she has become a master traveler, but one with no pupil. She thought she might develop this relationship with one of her daughters-in-law, but the others, like Somer, didn't quite fill the role. And when they had babies, they relied on their own mothers, leaving her once again in the company of men. But now, Sarla muses as she glances at the clock, anticipating Krishnan's arrival, she will finally get her granddaughter."
From Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda ©2010. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.