Secret Daughter book. Shilpi Somaya Gowda has written a captivating first novel about the meaning of family, motherhood, adopti Secret Daughter is a story about people and the paths their lives take. The characters are real,interesting, flawed, and you care about them. At the same time, Somaya Gowda manages to paint an extraordinarily rich portrait of modern India – the sharp contrast between its poverty and wealth, its traditions and culture. I feel I’ve experienced something of India although I’ve never been there. Shilpi Somaya Gowda has written a captivating first novel about the meaning of family, motherhood,.
for giving much in their lives. so that anything might be possible in mine. He stormed out of the hut amid the cries of their daughter taking her first few breaths in this world. Kavita knew, in that terrible moment, they would also be her last. The midwife pushed her gently back down. Let him go, my child. Let him go now. It is done.
On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families-one Indian, one American-and the child that indelibly connects them.
Gowda weaves her tale deftly. Two worlds collide, then meld, in a story that intimately considers how we all are shaped, through fate or free will, nurture or nature, by the astounding power of family love. -Dallas Morning News. This book is a must ofr anyone touched by adoption or India or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers. Sujata Massey, author of Shimura Trouble). Secret Daughter is spellbinding. Readers will have a hard time putting this novel down. Desert News, Salt Lake City).
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The novel Secret Daughter, written by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, is a story about family relationships and the way in which each member’s choice impacts how the family lives. The novel is set in two locations, India and America, and focuses on the Thakkar family and the Merchant family over the years of 1984 to 2009. The three protagonists are Kavita Thakkar, Somer Merchant, and Asha Merchant. These three women make decisions that influence the family member’s actions and behaviour over time.
This is why a book like Secret Daughter, the debut novel from Mumbai native Shilpi Somaya Gowda, has the inherent potential to cast a human pallor upon a tragedy most Westerners are only familiar with via statistical data. In this case, the subject of choice is female infanticide among poor, working-class families in rural India.