"They have showered on her all the traditional gifts, as if this is her first baby, their first child. ... But no one acknowledges this, not even Jasu. Only Kavita has an aching cavity in her heart for what she's lost. ... She prays she will be a good mother to her son, prays she has enough maternal love left in her heart for him, prays it didn't die along with her daughters" (p. 65).I'm reading Secret Daughter, a 2010 novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. I can hardly wait to see what happens to the daughter who is adopted by a couple in America and to both mothers, the one who gives her up and the one who raises her.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Teaser ~ Secret Daughter
Kavita has a daughter and, in a culture that favors sons, her husband Jasu takes away the baby before Evita has even stopped bleeding. When the second baby is also a girl, Kavita saves her life by giving her away. Her third baby is a son: