Thursday, May 12, 2011

SECRET DAUGHTER: A BEST SELLING BOOK AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
SECRET DAUGHTER
BY SHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Somer’s life is everything she imagined it would be—she’s newly married and has started her career as a physician in San Francisco—until she makes the devastating discovery she never will be able to have children.

The same year in India, a poor mother makes the heartbreaking choice to save her newborn daughter’s life by giving her away. It is a decision that will haunt Kavita for the rest of her life, and cause a ripple effect that travels across the world and back again.

Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that binds the destinies of these two women. We follow both families, invisibly connected until Asha’s journey of self-discovery leads her back to India.

Compulsively readable and deeply touching, Secret Daughter is a story of the unforeseen ways in which our choices and families affect our lives, and the indelible power of love in all its many forms.

PRAISE FOR SECRET DAUGHTER:
“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
 “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
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 
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
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  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 
“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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto to parents who migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1991, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage. A native of Canada, she has lived in New York, North Carolina, and California. She now lives in Dallas with her husband and children.

Read more about Shilpi Somaya Gowda by visiting her website HERE.  
   
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MEGAN AND THE GOOD PEOPLE
AT MORROW/HARPER COLLINS, I HAVE
ONE COPY OF THIS WONDERFUL BOOK
TO GIVE AWAY TO A LUCKY READER
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
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IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


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 GOOD LUCK!

142 comments:

Tea said...

It's so sad to think any mother would have to give up her baby. I'm sure it would haunt a woman for the rest of her life.

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#
# Secret Daughter hits the IndieBound Extended Bestseller List (5/1)

Also, the author was born and raised in Canada. Her parents are from India.

Renee said...

can't imagine the pain of giving up one's child even knowing it's the right thing to do.

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Renee said...

I find it interesting that there seem to be two covers for the book. I actually prefer the one in green

lag123 said...

I imagine the author saw a lot of heartbreak when she worked in the Indian orphanage. I have heard good reviews on this book and would love to read it.

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Steve Capell said...

This book really sounds interesting. I think adopted children are very much like rain drops once they are born they are always trying to get back to where they begun.

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Victoria Zumbrum said...

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I would to read this because its about a mother's love, from both sides.

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Carol N Wong said...

This book reminds me so much another book that I read recently, 'Sisters of the Sari' by Brendra L. Baker. That was about a head of a company, leaving the US for a vacation. She ended up with adopting an Indian orphan girl. I would love to read this book written by Canadian with Indian background. I would love to read this story.

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

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~Enamored Soul~ said...

Upon visiting the website of author Shilpi Somaya Gowda, I found it interesting that the idea for her book stemmed from a summer spent at an orphanage in India. I think that's quite noble of her, and that it probably enhances the way in which she writes the story of Asha.

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