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Secret Daughter

Secret Daughter

eBook - 2010
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Interweaves the stories of a baby girl in India, the American doctor who adopted her, and the Indian mother who gave her up in favor of a son, as two families--one in India, the other in the United States--are changed by the child that connects them.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780061981463
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (334 pages)


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Feb 04, 2021

Baby girl is given to an orphanage and is subsequently raised by Doctors in America. Birth mother mourns her loss and we follow the lives of both families. Good read.

Sep 07, 2020

Current Budimir Book Club selection. It was a sweet little book. You can feel the love

Aug 22, 2020

I found this book interesting and easy to read. It focuses on several themes : interracial marriage, interracial adoption and disparities between cultures. It also delves into the disparity between the different classes in India , contrasting the lives of the well-off and the poor living in squalid conditions in the slums of Mumbai. Asha, a young woman who has been adopted in India at the age of one by a caucasien American woman and her East Indian husband, travels to her country of birth for the first time at the age of 20. She discovers a loving grandmother, a large extended family and her origins as the abandoned infant of Davita and Jasu Merchant.
This book reads quickly.

Mar 16, 2020

I loved this book. It deals with family and the reality and importance of women. I found it captivating, informative and very emotional. As someone very interested in India it was a wonderful glimpse into some of the realities of life there. I wasn't sure I would like it when I got it but I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. Then ending took me by surprise but was powerful. My wife kept up with my reading and we had a number of interesting discussions.

This is a beautiful story, and it kept me up into the small hours of the morning. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. It is the story of Kavita (in India) who gives away her baby Asha, and the Americans halfway around the world who adopt her (Somer and Krishnan). This is a book about culture and belonging, and l loved it. (submitted by library customer YE)

Jun 27, 2018

What started off as a quick and interesting read became slow and tedious. I found the characters to be unconvincing and unrealistic, lacking in development and good dialogue. I put the book down at the halfway mark as I failed to feel any sympathy for the protagonists.

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.

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.

Apr 16, 2017

Is an easy read makes a good book? Well, this book is definitely easy to read 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.

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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Mar 12, 2011

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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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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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