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Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed. What a wonderful story!”—Mary Jane Clark “This book is a m. Secret Daughter: Book summary and reviews of Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. Secret Daughter () is the debut novel of Canadian-Indian author Shilpi to its many rich themes, Secret Daughter remains highly popular with book clubs.
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Secret Daughter is a great book for book clubs. There are many things to talk about. Sally G. The author takes you on a journey with Somer, a singular breadth of view, only child of well-to-do parents brought up in California and her meeting and marriage to Krishnan, a fellow intern that happens to be from India. Somer is not a bad person at all, but has the plight of an only child that has never had to share or compromise. The contrast is in the parallel story where we meet Kavita, an Indian woman that morns the loss of two daughters, one that she gives to an orphanage and one that dies.
As a mother-in-law she is judgmental but understanding of this new daughter-in-law and is portrayed as a wise woman and great grandmother.
Secret Daughter has deep meanings of differences in old cultures. Some can be ever so cruel but others are wonderful I know you will want to read and savor this powerful book of strong, smart women with so much food for thought and contemplation.
Phoenix M. They are from two extremely different backgrounds and cultures, but each have family struggles and challenges to endure. The story unfolds the daring love for their daughters and shows that this love is an instrument of healing in both families. This book provides an excellent view of the everyday life of a woman in Indian culture. Kavita makes extreme sacrifices but triumphs over all.
This would make the perfect book for a club to discuss. A few years later, Kavita and her husband move to Mumbai believing that they will be able to forge a much better life for themselves and the son that was finally born to them.
Another young Indian man left to attend medical school in the US. He meets and falls in love with a beautiful blonde haired California girl who is also attending medical schoool. They marry and make a trip to India so Somer can met her husband, Krishnan's family and so they can adopt a child since she has proven to be infertile.
Somer finds India to be very disagreeable and does not want to return so Krishnan returns infrequently and by himself. Asha, their adopted daughter does not want to be a physician, much to their dismay. She majors in English and wishes to be a journalist. She wins a much coveted internship at Brown and is given the chance to live in India for the year and write a story about the slums and the poor children who live their.
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She is looking forward to this because she wants to get to know her father's family and his culture. Krishnan is proud of his daughter and glad that she will get to know his relatives. Somer is very fearful that she will lose her daughter and is against her going.
Asha and Somer clash badly before she leaves for India making Asha even happier that she is leaving. The story is beautifully written and gives you a glimpse of what life is like in India for both the "haves" and the "have nots". It explores the feelings of an adopted child who wonders why her birth parents have given her up and what they are like.
You see the troubles that even people who love each other can have when their cultures are so diverse.
And you feel the haunting sorrow of a mother who every day wonders what has happened to the child that she had to give up. I am so happy that I stumbled across this book on a website and was introduced to this author. I am very interested in reading more that she has written. We picked this book for our book club and although I had never heard of the book or the author, I was pleasantly surprised.
The author drew me in right away and she takes us to India, a place I had never explored before in any other novel I have read. She obviously wrote about what she knew. Very impressed with the descriptions, sights, sounds and smells of all the places she takes her readers with thoughtful characters.
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The common theme in this book is motherhood and she pulls this story together nicely, although slightly predictable at times. Well worth the read and good book club discussion book! Gowda writes eloquently. Her characters are people that I felt I really knew and she has the ability to present them with their flaws as well as their better traits.
She also writes dialogue realistically. There is a universality to this story that we can all understand; it's the love of a parent for a child and the desire to make certain that her life will be better than our own. This story's locales are the US and India.
I finished this novel feeling that I can better understand the culture and have a better appreciation for its history, customs, and people.
As a mother, I was moved by the stories of both mothers - the one who gave up her daughter, and the one who raised her. It was also a story of the grandmothers, sons, and fathers, as well as a story of India and the US. It was a story of intellectual capacity, developed and used in different ways based on the expectations of society. I like fiction which allows you to understand emotional connections in a way that is usually impossible because real people do not discuss their emotions.
Paperback Verified download. That probably sounds a bit cheesy but its true and it was good. I wouldn't call this an "easy" read since it deals with adoption and cultural identity but I found it easy to fall into if that's how you would describe it? I found some characters were able to genuinely earn my forgiveness because I know they care so much about that through personal growth. They truly redeemed themselves. At the beginning I found so many of the characters to be contemptible or annoying so it was refreshing to change my mind at least a little by the end.
At first, I didn't like this book because of the opening scene. It is hard for me to read about cruelty towards children and about a culture that aborts and throws away their daughters while holding up their sons like royalty.
And, yet, I was hooked. I needed to know what happened to that baby girl that was left at an orphanage in India. In the end, I learned more about international adoption and what it does to the hearts of those involved, the mothers who must give away their daughters in hopes of a better life for them, the mothers from other countries who long to hold that baby in their own arms and hold her up like royalty, and the girls who are born into and grow up in those families.
In the end, I cared about these people so much that I cried for them, and understood their actions a little better. I listened to this book on Audible.
It is an excellent book to hear read aloud, lots of dialogue and just enough description to give me a good understanding of the settings. Also, the reader was excellent. A very engrossing revealing book about 2 mothers whose cultures are worlds apart. One an infertile successful Doctor.
Tho other an impoverished Indian who places her daughter in an orphanage to save her life. The story is told in parallels between the two women.
Then with the daughter as she makes her first trip to India as a college student. I learned much about India, it's culture and poverty in its lowest forms. The author is able to make so many feeling come through making me cry about what I was reading.
This is a book that I will not soon forget. See all 1, reviews. Both Somer and Kavita have powerful experiences and emotions around pregnancy, childbirth and mothering. What are the differences in how they experience motherhood, and are there any similarities? Are there universal aspects to motherhood or is it an individual experience?
Both marriages portrayed in the novel, despite different circumstances and origins, face significant challenges. How did Kavita and Jasu's marriage recover from the dramatic conflict they faced at the beginning? What caused the estrangement between Krishnan and Somer, and how did each spouse contribute to it? Do you believe one marriage is fundamentally stronger than the other? What do you believe the future holds for each couple?
Asha grows up with a deep curiosity about her biological family in India. Could her parents have done anything to lessen the sense of feeling incomplete Asha had as an adolescent?
Can her conflict with Somer be chalked up to that experienced in all mother-teenage daughter relationships, or was it more complicated? What does Asha learn about the true meaning of family, and could she have learned it without going to India? This story turns on a twist of fate that changes the life path of Asha, and follows the parallel lives of Asha and her brother in India. Do you believe Asha was better off being taken to the orphanage as a baby than she would have been with her birth parents?
Could Vijay have had a different life?Read more Read less. This was a rich deep story of family How are names intertwined with your own sense of identity and belonging? They truly redeemed themselves.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Danny from Hard to put down, I loved it!!! She almost let her infertility ruin her and yet when she finally adopted a child she didn't embrace the child's history.