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April 2010 Indie Next List
“Secret Daughter is the story of Asha, a daughter given up by her rural Indian mother in an attempt to give her a better life. Somer, Asha's adoptive mother in California, grapples with her daughter's return to her birth country as a young woman.The two families, intertwined by a twist of fate, will capture your heart.”
— Caitlin Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
Debut novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda pens this compelling tale about two families, worlds apart, linked by one Indian child. After giving birth to a girl for a second time, impoverished Kavita must give her up to an orphanage. The baby, named Asha, is adopted by an American doctor and raised in California. But once grown, Asha decides to return to India.
"Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception...while portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India." --Booklist