Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (March 15, 2010)
Genre: fiction, women's fiction
Somer looks up at her mother. "Mom, what do you think about adoption?"
Her mother smiles. "I think it's a wonderful idea. Are you considering it?"
"Maybe...there are all these kids over in India who need families, need homes." (ch. 10)
Product description: "On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha. 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 husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son. Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. When she and her husband Krishnan see a photo of baby Asha from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion for her. Somer knows life will change with the adoption, but is convinced that the love they already feel will overcome all obstacles.
Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and Asha, "Secret Daughter" poignantly explores issues of culture and belonging. Moving between two worlds and two families, one struggling to survive in the fetid slums of Mumbai, the other grappling to forge a cohesive family despite their diverging cultural identities, this powerful debut novel marks the arrival of a fresh talent poised for great success."
Comments: The topic of international adoptions will resonate favorably with many families in the U.S. This touching novel that follows a family through 20 years will interest all readers.
GIVEAWAY: HarperCollinsPublishers has offered to give away a copy of Secret Daughter to a reader.
UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway contest, chosen by Randomizer, is JennyQ!