The Forbidden Daughter by Shobhan Bantwal

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Set in the sensual richness of India, Shobhan Bantwal's gripping new novel asks: Where can a woman turn when her life's greatest blessing is seen as a curse?

It's a girl! For most young couples, news of their unborn child's gender brings joyful anticipation. Not so for Isha Tilak and her husband, Nikhil. They already have a beloved daughter, but Nikhil's parents, hard-wired to favor male children above all, coldly reject little Priya at every turn. Vain and selfish, they see female grandchildren as burdens, and would just as soon never meet the one growing in Isha's belly. Even the obstetrician agrees, going so far as to suggest the unthinkable, throwing Nikhil into a rage--and changing Isha's life forever...

When Nikhil is discovered brutally murdered, Isha is convinced it had something to do with his reaction to the doctor's hideous "solution" to their problem. Alone, grief-stricken, and relentlessly oppressed by in-laws who believe her baby is a bad omen, Isha sets out on her own. Born into a privileged class, Isha doesn't know the first thing about fending for herself, but to protect her precious daughters, she will learn. And she will cling to the hope given to her by a strange old mystic: that her baby will arrive on the auspicious night of Kojagari Purnima, the full harvest moon, and be a gift from Lakshmi, the goddess of well-being. Isha and her girls will need all the blessings they can get, for the greatest danger of all lies ahead...

Praise for Shobhan Bantwal and The Dowry Bride

"Splendidly depicts passion, brutality, and cultures in conflict." --Dorothy Garlock

"Vivid, rich...expertly portrays a young woman caught between love and duty, hope and despair." --Anjali Banerjee


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Published September 1, 2008 by Kensington Books. 337 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A page turner full of love, murder, and the sobering issue of gender selective abortion in India.

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When the Ob-Gyn suggests aborting the female-gendered fetus in her womb and the non-stop pressure from Nikhil's family to have a boy, Nikhil is pushed to do something to shut down the doctor's operations of performing illegal gender abortions in the clinic.

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