Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter

Book - 2010
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"Moving and thought-provoking and informative and imaginative and beautifully executed. What a wonderful story!"
--Mary Jane Clark

"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 Trouble

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.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow & Co., c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061922312
0061922315
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 24 cm.

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GracieStrauss
Jul 28, 2017

The books is ok. An easy read but not much of a story. It's a very slow book. I found myself continually waiting for something of substance to happen but it never does.

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belalin
Jul 26, 2017

This is a good story but it is just that, a story. Lacks depth, fake dialogue. I prefer books with more literary value but this is an easy read and a good story nonetheless.

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Margush
Apr 16, 2017

Is an easy read makes a good book? Well, this book is definitely easy to read and...it reads as a newspaper article or ...a Bollywood movie script.
As the book is quite monotonous, I read only those chapters that showed some dynamic and skipped those that didn't. I liked more the Indian part of the story - it's culturally rich, colorful and interesting. America, as described, is a safe and pretty boring place to live in. Interesting comparison and choice of words, for sure.

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trudat
Oct 01, 2016

Good idea for a story but definitely reads like a first novel. The sentences are a bit clunky at times, and the dialogue is cliche. That said, I appreciated that the ending was not as tidy and predictable as I expected.

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carol507
Feb 17, 2016

Excellent book - abrupt ending

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Nica60red
Dec 25, 2015

Really liked this book

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Smile1234_0
Jul 27, 2015

I thought this book was really good and was entertaining from the beginning.

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greenacres
Feb 27, 2015

An education in a different cultures practices; heart breaking at times.

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kozakd
Jan 05, 2015

This is an entertaining enough quick read. It would be perfect for the beach.

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ashleywalter
Aug 30, 2014

I found the book to have some heart but very monotoned and not a lot of depth to it. The content in the book and the plot is a good idea

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Mar 12, 2011

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a_pradeepan
Oct 02, 2010

Secret Daughter is a great book.. perfect for ages 13+ and is great for all mothers.. make you really think back and relate.

The story takes place in india, and is about a young mother names Kavita who finally has a baby girl but is forced to give her away due to certain costums in India. The baby girl is dropped at an orphange.

On the other side of the globe, Somer, in the us, is having trouble having a child so her husband krishnan thinks about adopting a child form India...

will kavitas baby girl have a connection with somer and krishnans adoption? read to find out :)

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becker
Jul 05, 2011

From the book jacket.... "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."

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