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.
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“Gowda writes with compassion and uncanny perception … while portraying the vibrant traditions, sights, and sounds of modern India.” (Booklist)
A engaging and fascinating story of one American family, their adopted daughter from India, her paternal Indian family, and their eventual acceptance of one another and treasured peaceful coexistence. I highly recommend this book.
The story is engaging but poorly written. The writing is mixed with some parts well written and some poorly written, much of it maudlin. When I read a book like this I think a new author has a good idea but gets a publisher that puts a team of mediocre writers on it to get it out the door. Overall amateurish. Toward the end, I just started skipping over sections trying to miss the poorly written stuff. Much of the ending is just so much mush.
One of the most interesting and enjoyable books I have read or listened to this year including Cuttting for Stone. The author brought hope and happiness to me, I could relate to each character. The narrator was perfect.
The book was entertaining, but not something I would recommend to an avid reader. It was just OK.
Shilpi is a good reader and her Indian accents added to the story.
I would have liked for the characters to have been developed a little better. I felt like the story was being
For a first try, a good book. A bit slow at first, however, halfway through, it got better. The narrator was very good and made the story authentic.
If you enjoyed this book, I HIGHLY recommend A fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
The story was well written. I became engaged with the characters right away.
The performance was great and it was a pleasure to listen to.
I enjoyed learning a little bit more about Indian culture. This is not a culture that I am very familiar with so I found it very interesting.
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This is a captivating book which makes you wish the drive to work was longer.
This is the first book I have listened to read by Soneela Nankani. Her inflection and intonation, combined with the vernacular of the book allowed the listener to envision the scene and gain insight to the characters personality.
Nothing is as simple as it first seems, especially in India, especially when it involves family.
This book made me think of my relationship with my own mother who is deceased. I appreciate her all that much more.
An enjoyable story I enjoyed listening to all of the different characters perspective on the same story. The reader was wonderful to listen to.
The daughter because she was able to see both sides of the cultural clash between the characters
former nuclear scientist
The story is one of family relationships, specifically mother-daughter relationships. But she is too heavy-handed in her focus, using a sweeper brush instead of a fine point. She also writes NorCal culture in the 1990s as if no Indian people or subculture exists - this Indian adoptee has never eaten Indian food? Really? Or been to Fremont? Or heard of waxing? My uncle lived in Menlo Park from 1985 - 2003, and I can tell you this reeks of invention.
The author then pretends you can see through the air of Bangalore all the way to the sea. In 2004. And that you can take taxis there and not hit bad traffic.
These patent fabrications reinforce the feeling of artificiality that pervades the women's relationships with one another as well. It was a nice try, but really suffered from the forced details she made up trying to make the story more dramatic. It did not feel like it could be true, and the people didn't feel like they could be true, so when the latest emotional tragedy struck I found it hard to be moved.
I really felt compassion for the characters.
I would love to have dinner with the adoptive mother and the birth mother--all 3 of us.
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