A coworker recommended this book to me and she forewarned me that it would most definitely spark a few emotions in me, mainly grief, and would undoubtedly help a few tears fall down my cheeks.
The tale of this book in it’s simplest form describes the life of two mother’s on opposite sides of the world, intricately entwined without being aware, due to the life force that binds them – their mutual daughter.
Halfway around the globe, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after making the wrenching discovery that she will never have one of her own. Interweaving the stories of Kavita, Somer, and the child that binds both of their destinies, 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.
For over 30 years, actress Norma Storch and her husband, comedian Larry Storch, lived a lie.
Cross, who is estranged from her father, interviewed friends and acquaintances of her father, in addition to her adoptive parents, several extended families, and her mother, who is featured prominently throughout the documentary. This lack of literature in my life was in large part to a five-day whirlwind adventure to Vegas and needless to say, Sin City doesn’t provide a lot of room or time for reading, despite all the lights. Let that be my warning to you, as a fellow reader, that this novel is not one for public transit on your morning commutes.

Kavita, a mother in India who is forced to give away her daughter due to the inability to raise her in her current circumstances is the first mother we’re introduced to. But in a culture that favors sons, the only way for Kavita to save her newborn daughter’s life is to give her away. When she and her husband, Krishnan, see a photo of the baby with the golden-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they are overwhelmed with emotion. You must pick this book up, it is absolutely fantastic and an early leader on my 2011 favorite’s list! June was born out of wedlock, as result of Norma’s relationship with a black Jazz singer, James Cross. Since returning home to Vancouver I thankfully fell back into my regular rhythm and quickly picked up where I originally left off in my reading of Canadian author Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s inspirational and emotionally charged novel, Secret Daughter. It’s best left for your reading prior to falling asleep at night, or wrapped in a blanket by yourself on a Sunday afternoon. The daughter given up for adoption and in turn, the girl in the middle is Asha, who is adopted at the young age of one, by the second mother in the story, Somer, in the United States.

It is a decision that will haunt her and her husband for the rest of their lives, even after the arrival of their cherished son.
Somer knows life will change with the adoption but is convinced that they love they already feel will overcome all obstacles. With that said, I fully recommend that everyone reading these words pick up this book and tackle it at soon as you possibly can. That’s literally all I can say before I start spewing forth several key heart-wrenching points in the story!

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  1. 31.10.2015 at 15:42:39
    ALOV writes:
    With every realisation, form of like a time-lapse video of Jamie Redknapp.
  2. 31.10.2015 at 21:21:32
    Dusty writes:
    The Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives in Chatuchak Park.