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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of love, honor, tradition, and identity.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency at one of the best hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage required to take on the role.

Back home in India, Anil’s childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes, and forces her to make choices that will hold drastic repercussions for her family.

Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the decisions we must make to find our true selves.


My Thoughts:

Sometimes an author's sophomore novel does not perform as well as the debut book, but this does not look to be the norm in the case of Shilpi Somaya Gowda's new book,"The Golden Son."

I was fortunate to be able to review this book in advance of it's release (which is today!) and I am firmly on the bandwagon of heralding this book as one of the first great reads of 2016!

Gowda tells the story of eldest son Anil Patel and his journey to Texas to become the doctor his father so wanted him to be. In somewhat of a culture shock, Anil finds the big city of Dallas, and the fast pace of "Parkview" Hospital to be overwhelming and he almost falters under the stress. But he soldiers on and faces the adversity and the animosity he faces with what can only be described as grace.

Meanwhile, back home in his small village, Anil's best friend Leena is facing a completely different life than she imagined. Anticipating a happy marriage, Leena finds her husband and his family the opposite of the kind, good people they purported themselves to be. After a near-fatal disaster, Leena returns to her family and struggles to regain her dignity under adversion of her own.

Gowda captures the differing cultures of America and India in crisp and intriguing accuracy in this novel. Not only does she paint a realistic picture of a young doctor's struggles in a large Texas hospital, she also includes a very real portrait of the harsh realities Anil faces because of his nationality.  She also gives readers a beautiful glimpse of the life Anil and Leena experienced as children in the small town in India, as well as the bleek existence Leena faces and Anil finds when he returns.  The descriptions are stunning in this novel, as is the characters. They are a cast of full-developed and believable people who are facing very real issues of the day.

I was very impressed with "The Secret Son," and include it in the best of 2016 so far!  It is said that this novel has been optioned for film rights, and I, for one, would love to see this story played out on the big screen!

About The Author:

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter. Shilpi holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Children's Defense Fund, and is a Patron of Childhaven International, the organization for which she volunteered in India. She lives in California with her husband and children.

"Secret Daughter," Shilpi's debut novel published in 2010, has sold more than a million copies worldwide in over 30 countries and languages. It is a New York Times bestseller, #1 International bestseller, and film rights have been optioned.

The Golden Son, Shilpi's highly-anticipated second novel is already an instant #1 bestseller in Canada, and is being published in the U.S. and around the world in early 2016. The screen rights have been optioned to Conquering Lion Pictures.

My thanks to William Morrow for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Mystica said...

I like immigrant stories and this coupled with a coming of age and trying to balance two worlds was one which I really liked.