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Secret Daughter

A Novel

by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Secret Daughter
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2010
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Kimberli M. (Jessup, MD)


    Great Book!!
    I really enjoyed Secret Daughter. It was very well written and I felt like I really knew the characters. It was really eye opening to see what life can be like in India. It was also great to see the journey that each one of the characters went on. They all grew in some way.

    I cried at the end of the book, but it wasn't a bad cry. I would definitely recommend this book and will look for future books from this author. Secret Daughter is a great book for book clubs. There are many things to talk about.
  • Sally G. (Saint Johns, FL)


    Secret Daughter
    I enjoyed this story of India, adoption, culture differences, families and history.

    The author takes you on a journey with Somer, a singular breadth of view, only child of well-to-do parents brought up in California and her meeting and marriage to Krishnan, a fellow intern that happens to be from India.

    Somer is not a bad person at all, but has the plight of an only child that has never had to share or compromise.

    The contrast is in the parallel story where we meet Kavita, an Indian woman that morns the loss of two daughters, one that she gives to an orphanage and one that dies.

    My favorite character is Krishnan’s mother, Sarla. As a mother-in-law she is judgmental but understanding of this new daughter-in-law and is portrayed as a wise woman and great grandmother.

    Secret Daughter has deep meanings of differences in old cultures. Some can be ever so cruel but others are wonderful

    I know you will want to read and savor this powerful book of strong, smart women with so much food for thought and contemplation.
  • Phoenix M. (Eclectic, AL)


    Secret Daughter
    This is a story of two mothers; Kavita from India and Somer from America. They are from two extremely different backgrounds and cultures, but each have family struggles and challenges to endure.

    The story unfolds the daring love for their daughters and shows that this love is an instrument of healing in both families.

    This book provides an excellent view of the everyday life of a woman in Indian culture. Kavita makes extreme sacrifices but triumphs over all.

    This would make the perfect book for a club to discuss.
  • Elizabeth K. (glenshaw, PA)


    Secret Daughter
    This is a wonderful heart warming multicultural story that spans 20 years. Readers will enjoy reading and discussing the difference in American and modern Indian cultures. The common thread of love of a child will appeal to all ages. The glossary at the back of the books is helpful.
  • Barbara C. (Riverside, CA)


    The Facets of Family
    Seeing India and Mumbai from the points of view of so many people made it a feel-good sociological study. Who could not fall in love with Asha from the day she was born? These were real people and the writing improved as the book went along. I have a soft heart and I wasn't disappointed. I have never wanted to go to India, but now I am not so sure.
  • Katharine K. (Alpine, CA)


    Secret Daughter
    I REALLY enjoyed this book. It is one of those books that ends each chapter in such a way that you want to read on. I finished it in two days. I think it would be a good book club choice because it presents lots to talk about. It offers the perspective from two different cultures and shows how much misunderstanding there can be when both sides are not open to learn. It also explores the emotions of families of mixed cultures, via marriage and adoption. In this day and age, with the world getting very small, this book offers lots to think about and, even more important, talk about.
  • Dorothy T. (Victorville, CA)


    Heartbreak and Hope
    The loss of a child takes varied forms, but each is a cause of unspeakable grief and heartache. The Secret Daughter enlightens us about a place and a culture that might be unfamiliar to some readers, but the essence of the story is that loss, whether it comes as a result of miscarriage, sacrifice, or life decisions. But I was not left with a sense of hopelessness, rather just the opposite. The author handles all this with great skill and a style that kept me involved with the characters and their story to the very end. I encourage anyone who likes engaging fiction with a chance to learn something about India and its culture to read this one: it will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
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