Book Review: The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

December 29, 2016

The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a novel about family and tradition taking place in both India and the United States. The author is Canadian of Indian origin, she previously wrote The Secret Daughter, an international best seller.

  • 408 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062391453

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The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a well written and engaging story. I enjoy reading books like this, with an interesting protagonist about cultures which are different, yet have very similar themes to other cultures.

Unlike many other similar books I’ve read, the author does not try to force tears out of the reader (something I dislike), but instead tells a good story with all the tragedy and happiness which happens in life. The author finds challenges and opportunities in both cultures which the protagonist, Anil, live in while very different, have several commonalities.

The whole class structure in India fascinates me, how important it is and how people adhere to this structure, especially these days. Frankly, I don’t understand it but it seems that the whole system is based on that structure and what one can get away with when it come to the law and society.

The characters are well written and defined, the various perspective in which the author writes are interesting, as well as informative. I enjoyed reading this book very much and am looking forward to read more from Ms. Gowda.

Anil is the eldest son of a prominent family in India who owns land and pays laborers to work them. Anil realized he has an affinity for medicine and has gone in that direction instead of following in his father’s footsteps (with his family’s blessings). While working in a Texas hospital Anil gets a taste of what the world is like beyond his small village.

Leena, a childhood friend of Anil’s, is the daughter of a family who owns a small parcel of land and make a comfortable living out of it. Leena is an only child and her marriage dowry devastates her family.

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free as part of a TLC Book Tours
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