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The Golden Son


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The Golden Son

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

ISBN 9780062391469

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 tells the story of two people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; and illuminates the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.



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, published in 2010. It became an international bestseller, selling well over a million copies worldwide in over 30 languages and countries. Her second novel, The Golden Son, was published in 2015-2016 around the world. 

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.



Reviews, News & Interviews:

Rich plotting and finely embroidered storytelling ... Gowda keeps her readerstethered to compelling, universal human themes ... A subtly drawn book,brimming with ambiguities ... The Golden Son triumphs because of its manypleasures and complications. -Washington Post

A sensitive and intelligent...[with a] finely drawn protagonist.... Illuminating her characters’ exterior and interior lives remains Gowda’s greatest narrative strength. There’s marvelous verisimilitude here...further demonstrates Gowda’s abilities as a sympathetic observer of heart and mind. -National Post

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. -The Globe and Mail