At ALA Midwinter this past January, Shipli Somaya Gowda wowed librarians with her poignant, stunning debut novel Secret Daughter. We're happy to report that Secret Daughter is making its debut in trade paperback--perfect for book clubs and discussion groups. Check out this video of Shilpi and you'll see why!
Praise for Secret Daughter:
“Secret Daughter is an unflinching yet compassionate story of mothers and daughters. In a tale that moves between Mumbai, India and Northern California, Shilpi Somaya Gowda sensitively explores the balancing acts of of international adoption and bi-cultural families. 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
"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
"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
"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