Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book addresses the reality of past and current India and the desire for baby boys over baby girls. I read this article several weeks ago and found the truth of it encompassed in this fictional story.
A poor Indian woman gives her daughter to an orphanage to keep her husband from killing her like he did their first baby who was a girl. An infertile couple in California looks into adopting from India, where the husband is from. The story follows both families through the years. In India, the desire is for boys more than girls. Often if it is discovered that the woman is expecting a girl, the baby is aborted. This reality hits home for an adopted Indian girl who visits India as a young adult and is curious about where she came from.
This was a great book and a well-written story. The insight into Indian culture really brought the story alive. Having lived in Bangladesh for several years, the story was meaningful for me as there are similarities between Indian and Bengali culture.
*I got this book through my local library.