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Secret Daughter Somer s life is everything she imagined it would be she s newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have childrenThe same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter s life by giving her away It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back againAsha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinies of these two women We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha s journey of self discovery leads her back to IndiaCompulsively readable and deeply touching, SECRET DAUGHTER is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms



10 thoughts on “Secret Daughter

  1. says:

    Meh Not a bad story, but too superficially rendered for my taste.Kavita, a poor village woman, has just given birth to an infant daughter she names Usha Terrified that her husband will murder the daughter because she s a girl, she journeys to Mumbai to place Usha in an orphanage Meanwhile, Somer and Krishnan, a California couple struggling with infertility, decide to adopt an Indian orphan an


  2. says:

    SPOILERSThis novel proudly boasts a 1 Canadian Bestseller sticker I personally can t understand why.In 1984, an Indian woman named Kavita gives birth to a baby girl Fearful that her husband, Jasu, will dispose of this baby the same way he did to their first daughter, Kavita and her sister deliver this baby to an orphanage in Bombay, but tell Jasu that the baby died in the night A year later Somer


  3. says:

    Such a beautiful story Kavita and Jasu are a poor but loving couple living in the rural town of Dhanau, India In a society that favors boys and considers girls as a burden, Kavita has to give up her daughter to an orphanage, to protect her life Meanwhile another couple from America, Somer and Krishnan can t have a baby and decide to adopt, connecting the lives of these two very different couples sepa


  4. says:

    This is a story that beautifully and creatively tackles many controversial issues Between Somer and Krishnan, we have an interracial marriage Issue one Krishnan, an Indian man and Somer, a caucasian woman, think nothing of the difference in their cultures until a trip to India shows Somer the world from which Krishnan comes from She does a double take and wonders how well she really knows her husband Iss


  5. says:

    There s been a lot of buzz about this book but I found it to be an airport paperback tarted up as literature In India a poor woman hands her daughter over to an orphanage rather then risk her being killed as daughters aren t valued In America, a physician and her India born doctor husband decide to adopt a daughter the abandoned girl when attempts to conceive a child fail The author bounces back and forth be


  6. says:

    Once again I find myself in the minority regarding a book that is a best seller and has remained so for some time I read somewhere in a review that the author did not think that the book was ready but she was encouraged by the publisher to proceed I have to agree that I think it was not ready and that the writing is not that of a mature author For me, many of the characters are so poorly developed and very shall


  7. says:

    Emotionally impacting, culture intense, and intricately engaging Secret Daughter is a tightly written, realistic novel exploring family dynamics in relation to infertility, adoption, economics, poverty wealth, and mixed culture relationships over, it s a novel exploring the complexities of the unique cords forever binding in one form or another mothers and daughters daughters and mothers Sometimes, as she has well l


  8. says:

    Watching so many Bollywood hits, I never saw India as I saw her through the eyes of the writer She has the ability to take you into her world in such a captivating way making you see all the negatives and the positives of her Homeland, and finally you have nothing but fall in love with this rich and contradicting country.Shilpi Gowda managed to discuss fatal subjects through her book in a smooth and endearing way With h


  9. says:

    I really like books set in India as I find their culture fascinating I enjoyed the last part of the book the most as it s mainly set in India Moving story of adoption and learning who your family is.


  10. says:

    Shout out to GR friend Pamela who steered me to this wonderful novel I hadn t heard of it before she reviewed it What a story Author Shilpi Somaya Gowda did her research in learning the Indian Cultures and the amazing disparity of cultures and languages within India For example, I didn t realize there are twenty one major languages in India, as well as English Although there is significant wealth in India, there is also major p


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About the Author: Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter, published in 2010 It was a New York Times and 1 international bestseller, and was translated into over 30 languages Secret Daughter was shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was an IndieNext Great Read, a Target Book Club Pick, a ChaptersIndigo Heather s Pick, and an Amnesty International Book Club Pick.Her second novel, The Golden Son, was published in 2015 16 around the world, was a 1 international bestseller, a Target Book Club Pick, a Costco Buyer s Pick, and was awarded the French literary prize, Prix des Lyceens Folio Her first two novels have sold over two million copies worldwide, and her third novel, The Shape of Family, will be published in October 2019 in Canada and March 2020 in the U.S Shilpi holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Cain scholar She has served on the Advisory Board of the Children s Defense Fund, and is a Patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India She lives in California with her husband and children.


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