Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Secret Daughter (Shilpi Somaya Gowda)

I've been putting off my review of this book because it's currently on loan to a family friend... (I like to have the book in hand as inspiration!)  Since we still haven't gotten it back yet, I decided to just go for it.  Get her done before the new year - plus this book just may be one of my top picks of 2011. 

My mom recommended Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda this past winter when I was looking for a "good" book to read (you know, a book you don't want to put down?) 

Kavita, who lives in an Indian village gives birth to a girl.  In their culture, boys are strongly favoured and Kavita is expected to end the life of her child.  Instead, she brings her daughter to an orphanage.  At the same time, Somer and her husband Krishnan, who live in America and have been unable to have a child, decide to adopt.  Asha, the daughter, becomes curious about her past and decides to search in Mumbai for more information about her history. 

I loved that this book dealt with so many different issues, such as adoption, interracial marriages, poverty and infertility, just to name a few.  I couldn't put the book down once I started it - you so badly want to know how Asha's story turns out. 

This was Shilpi Somaya Gowda's first novel and I am excited to see what else she publishes!  I definitely recommend this one!

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to read this book in the new year! I read the first chapter a while back at Chapters but wanted to buy the book online instead since it was a bit cheaper (I still haven't gotten around to it, but I will... New Years Resolution, haha). Good to know you liked it - your taste in books has never failed me :)