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Secret Daughter: A Novel

3 Ratings: 4.7
A book by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Usha. But in a culture that favours sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away. It is a decision that will haunt her and her … see full wiki

Publisher: HarperCollins
4 reviews about Secret Daughter: A Novel
review by . January 17, 2011
SECRET DAUGHTER tells two heartbreaking stories, worlds apart but inseparably linked. The first is about infertility in North American woman and the extreme lengths that some hopeful mothers- and fathers-to-be will take to achieve the elusive goal of parenthood. The second graphically illustrates the demeaning treatment of women and girls in India combined with the overpowering social pressure that Indian women feel to bear sons. A common beginning breaks into two tales and then finds common ground …
Quick Tip by . January 17, 2011
An extraordinary debut novel from a Canadian author that tells the heartbreaking story of Usha, rescued by her mother from certain death at the hands of her father for no reason other than not being the son he so desperately wanted, and adopted by a childless couple in California.
review by . May 20, 2010
Shilpi Somaya Gowda's first book is excellent. I'm already looking forward to her second.    Her writing is rich and descriptive and beautiful -- yet not overly flowery at all.     SECRET DAUGHTER is a lovely story that takes us to two countries -- U.S. (San Francisco) and India -- and spans 25 years. We meet Kavita and Jasu who are living in a small Indian village. Girl babies are expensive (their dowries later) and can't help with the farming, so they are …
review by . March 27, 2010
When Somer and Krishnan meet and marry while after medical school in San Francisco, their future looks bright. They are in love, and they are both destined for successful medical careers. When they make the decision to start a family, everything seems to be falling into place for the couple. When the miscarriages begin, the relationship between the young couple becomes strained; and when Somer's physician confirms that she is actually premenopausal, it becomes very clear that their plans of having …
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