Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Secret Daughter...

 Product Description, from
On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to Asha. But in a culture that favors 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.

My thoughts.
I liked this book.  I was happy to see that a mother is a mother regardless of what the circumstances are.  I read this book mostly because it was a new Canadian Author for me, even though the book setting is California and India.  I learned a great deal again about India and relationships in that setting once again.   I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.  

Photo of book I own.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Irene, this is one of those books that I've wanted to read since I first heard of it and still have not made the time for it.

Jenners said...

For a second, I thought the post title meant you were making a confession to us! ; )

Irene said...

Oh Jenners you are hilarious, I wish I could say our vacation was so good, that I came back pregnant, but mother nature would have a good laugh. I also wish I was naughty enough to say I've got a secret daughter as well, I sure could use a daughter just about now.

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Irene,
questo deve essere un libro commovente.
Spero di riuscire a trovarlo in lingua italiana.
Ciao e buona serata :))

Jenny the Pirate said...

Have I ever told you I have an aversion for books set in hot foreign climates? I know it's irrational but there it is, dear Irene. I'm glad you liked the book, though. RYC on my blog, I sure will remember to pack my pillows when I go to Erica's on Sunday. If I don't, nobody will have a good time.

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