Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
A Novel

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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 must for anyone touched by adoption, or India, or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers.”
—Sujata Massey, author of Shimura Trouble

 

Secret Daughter, a first novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love through the experiences of two families—one Indian, one American—and the child that binds them together. A masterful work set partially in the Mumbai slums so vividly portrayed in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire, Secret Daughter recalls the acclaimed novels of Kim Edwards and Thrity Umrigar, yet sparkles with the freshness of a truly exciting new literary voice.

 

 

About Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto to parents who migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1991, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage. She has lived in New York, North Carolina, and Texas, and currently makes her home in California with her husband and children.
 
Published February 20, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Somer and Krishnan’s marriage goes through a rocky phase, and Kavita and Jasu have problems too, but Asha’s visit inevitably provides the opportunity to connect some, if not all, of the loose ends.

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Examiner

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda may not knock your figurative socks off, but will still be an entertaining read for some people.

May 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

Examiner

While the plot centers around Asha, the biological daughter of Kavita and her life in America, it is also about family: how a family is created, how the creation of a family affects a marriage, and how cultural differences affect family relationships.

Apr 04 2011 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

Examiner

I am now determined to adopt a baby Indian boy (to lessen the unbalanced ratio of baby boys to baby girls by one), rent a flat in Mumbai and spend my days alternating my time between writing, praying, eating paneer tikka and skipping around in my chappals.

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The Globe and Mail

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda captures the anguish of motherhood and a child's search for her origins

May 31 2010 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

Suite 101

Speech problems are not uncommon for children, but for kids who have lived in orphanages, it is important for adoptive parents to prepare for issues.

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Suite 101

A love story set in the Punjab in the early 1800s, but with some very modern themes regarding identity, religious understanding and personal loyalties.

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Dallas News

Dualities abound in this engrossing first novel by Dallas writer.

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Deseret News

Somer instantly falls in love with her new daughter but almost immediately realizes that things will not be as easy as she thought, either.

Mar 14 2010 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

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I can’t read your review, but I just saw your 5 of 5 rating, so now I can’t wait to read it in early May. I got so excited when I saw your review, because I thought I had this book – it turns out I have Secret Son.

Apr 06 2010 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

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BookRack

It goes back and forth between a poor Indian couple living a life of quiet desperation half way across the globe and a rich American-Indian pair living the American dream.

Apr 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

Caribous Mom

I am looking forward to reading more about India although I think that end of the story may be heart breaking to read.

May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Secret Daughter: A Novel

Amused by Books

I loved, loved, loved this book!

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Secret Daughter: A Novel - A book by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. ... Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and Asha, "Secret Daughter" ... review by cpw1952.

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Unputdownables

I like Thrity Umrigar’s books very much and am intrigued by the culture of India which is why I wanted to read this book.

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