Thursday, July 28, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads:
On the eve of the monsoons, in a remote Indian village, Kavita gives birth to a baby girl. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter's life is to give her away.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 the baby with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, Secret Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love, as witnessed through the lives of two families one Indian, one American and the child that indelibly connects them.
First thoughts after finishing this book: " Wow, I loved that ending!!!"
I'm a huge fan of fiction that takes place in India and so when offered the chance to read this story I didn't hesitate to say yes. I'm not sure what happened that made me feel so disconnected to all of the characters in this book but I found myself becoming easily distracted and just not really caring how the story turned out. In fact, I pretty much thought I knew exactly how it would turn out. The writing is wonderful and the author certainly made me feel as if I was in India. I felt such pain for the Indian mothers that had to abort, kill, or give their daughters up for adoption. I'm always amazed at the cruelty towards women that basically seems to permeate throughout the world. But, there was still that problem for me of connecting with a character. It may have been the going back and forth between five different characters...and just feeling like I'm getting into that person's story and then I turn the page and I'm reading about a different person! But I continued on with the story because I was curious as to how it all turned out. And boy am I glad that I did. I thought the last couple of chapters were fantastic and the ending totally changed my reading enjoyment and lifted my rating a full point!
Recommend? Even though I found myself having a hard time finding a connection, I would recommend this to friends because I think the story itself is an important read. I also think the author writes beautifully...and I loved experiencing India through her characters eyes. I would not hesitate to read another book by Shilpi. I honestly feel that the failure to connect to a character is all my fault...sometimes you pick up the right book but just at the wrong time.
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Author: Shilpi Somay Gowda
Published: Paperback version February, 2011
Genre: Family Drama
Source: Review copy from Megan @ Morrow Paperbacks/HarperCollins Publishers
Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
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