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Secret Daughter

A Novel

by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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publisher: HarperCollins
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p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>“Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed.  What a wonderful story!”
—Mary Jane Clarkp style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal> p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>“This book is a must for anyone touched by adoption, or India, or the delicate dynamic between adolescent girls and their mothers.”
—Sujata Massey, author of Shimura Troublep style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal> p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Secret Daughter, a first novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores powerfully and poignantly the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identity, and love through the experiences of two families—one Indian, one American—and the child that binds them together. A masterful work set partially in the Mumbai slums so vividly portrayed in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire, Secret Daughter recalls the acclaimed novels of Kim Edwards and Thrity Umrigar, yet sparkles with the freshness of a truly exciting new literary voice.p style="LINE-HEIGHT: normal; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal> 

About the Author

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her previous novels, Secret Daughter and The Golden Son became international bestsellers, selling over one million copies worldwide. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She lives in California with her husband and children.


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Editorial Reviews

A No. 1 bestseller in Canada, “Secret Daughter” tells a nuanced coming-of-age story that is faithful to the economic and emotional realities of two very different cultures.

— Washington Post

First novelist Gowda offers especially vivid descriptions of the contrasts and contradictions of modern India... Rife with themes that lend themselves to discussion, such as cultural identity, adoption, and women’s roles, this will appeal to the book club crowd.

— Library Journal

“Gowda has masterfully portrayed two families... linked by a powerful, painful tie that complicates their lives... A thought-provoking examination of the challenges of being a woman in America and in India -- and in the psychological spaces in between.”

— Chitra Divakaruni, author of The Palace of Illusions

This wise debut moves deftly between the child’s two mothers and cultures.

— Good Housekeeping

The Secret Daughter is a deeply moving and timeless story of an adopted daughter’s long distance search for cultural identity and acceptance; first with the mother who raised her, and ultimately with the mother who gave her up.

— Kathleen Kent, author of The Heretic's Daughter

In her engaging debut, Gowda weaves together two compelling stories… Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception from the points of view of Kavita, Somer, and Asha, while portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India.

— Booklist

Fiction with a conscience, as two couples worlds apart are linked by an adopted child....A lightweight fable of family division and reconciliation, gaining intensity and depth from the author’s sharp social observations

— Kirkus Reviews

“Set in California and the teeming city of Mumbai, SECRET DAUGHTER is a beautifully composed compelling story of love, loss, discovery and the true meaning of family.”

— Anjali Banerjee, author of Imaginary Men

It’s moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed. What a wonderful story!

— Mary Jane Clark, author of Dying for Mercy

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