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The Golden Son

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The Golden Son

A Novel
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Author of the bestselling Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda's The Golden Son is about a young Indian doctor who leaves his village for a residency in the US. But he grapples with the expectation that as the oldest son, he is expected to inherit the mantle of arbiter for all village disputes. And he finds himself torn between a beautiful American girl and his old childhood friend.

Author of the bestselling Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda's The Golden Son is about a young Indian doctor who leaves his village for a residency in the US. But he grapples with the expectation that as the oldest son, he is expected to inherit the mantle of arbiter for all village disputes. And he finds himself torn between a beautiful American girl and his old childhood friend.

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  • Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She 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 lives in California with her husband and children.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 31, 2015
    The large and small struggles that make up everyday life are woven into an international family saga in Gowda's latest novel. After a doctor works the small miracle of surgically fixing a child's cleft lip at a mobile clinic in western India, 10-year-old Anil Patel and his father agree that he should become a doctor. That decision later carries Anil far from his family's farm to a medical internship in Dallas, Tex. As Anil settles into American life with all the fixings, including an American girlfriend, his loved ones in India are trapped by their traditions. Worst off is Anil's childhood friend Leena, who's caught in an abusive marriage and constrained by cultural expectations of women. Anil must reckon with these issues when his father dies and he takes on familial duties while keeping up with his American medical program. Straddling two worlds, Anil finds it difficult to fit into either. Like Gowda's bestselling debut novel, Secret Daughter, this new book offers readers vivid cultural immersion. Even if the outcome is predictable, with the ends tied up a bit too neatly, the journey to get there is deeply pleasurable. Agent: Ayesha Pande, Pande Literary.

  • Toronto Star "Gowda has the writerly chops when it comes to pace and plot. . . . The novel's denouement manages to subvert expectations, while still fulfilling the fable's responsibility to convey a useful, resonant truth."
  • Vancouver Sun "Gowda is a gifted storyteller, bringing together various related story strands into a fully integrated whole."
  • National Post "A sensitive and intelligent work . . . [with a] finely drawn protagonist. . . . Demonstrates Gowda's abilities as a sympathetic observer of heart and mind."
  • Washington Post "The Golden Son triumphs because of its many pleasures and complications: romantic intrigues, family vendettas, unexpected tragedies and criminal secrets harbored by characters in both India and America. This satisfying immersion in two complicated cultures offers no easy resolutions."
  • Publishers Weekly "Like Gowda's bestselling debut novel, Secret Daughter, this book offers readers vivid cultural immersion."
  • Heidi Durrow, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky A stellar follow-up to Gowda's excellent debut. Vivid, heart-warming, and absorbing, The Golden Son succeeds as an immigrant's tale and love story wrapped into one because of the beautiful writing and compelling characters that illuminate universal truths of loss and identity.
  • Samuel Shem, M.D., author of The House of God and At the Heart of the Universe "From a poor village in India to the journey of a boy who escapes to become a brilliant and sensible doctor at a high-tech medical center in Dallas, Shilpi Somaya Gowda's sweeping love story is meticulous in its detail, heartfelt—and a great read."
  • Vanessa Diffenbaugh, New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers "Shilpi Somaya Gowda paints an illuminating portrait of a young Indian man who must learn to reconcile his career ambitions in America with the traditional values and expectations of his family in India. Compellingly written, The Golden Son will stay with you long after you've turned the last page."
  • Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In and Belong to Me "Shilpi Somaya Gowda is as adept at crafting disparate, fully realized worlds—a village in India, a medical school in Texas—as she is at creating compelling characters."
  • Chitra Divakaruni, author of Mistress of Spices and Oleander Girl "Shilpi Somaya Gowda's great achievement is this: she makes each locale she depicts fascinating and true and original; she makes each character she draws so heartbreakingly vibrant that even after we finish reading we can't forget them."
  • The Globe and Mail "Gowda can write up moments that break your heart. . . . The Golden Son combines the immigrant novel with a fascination for the insecure and dependent lives of rural women in India."
  • Winnipeg Free Press "The Golden Son successfully achieves the virtually impossible: it is every bit as good and strong as . . . Secret Daughter. . . . It was five years in the making and worth the wait."
  • Washington Independent Review of Books "Gowda masterfully develops place and characters with visual richness. She offers delicious storytelling. . . . The Golden Son is an absolute page-turner."
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