Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of The Golden Son, on tour January/February 2016

Posted By on January 14, 2016

The Golden Son coverAbout The Golden Son

• Hardcover: 408 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (January 26, 2016)

The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends—a young doctor and a newly married bride—must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

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

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda APAbout Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto to parents who migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1991, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage. She has lived in New York, North Carolina, and Texas, and currently makes her home in California with her husband and children.

Find out more about Shilpi at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Shilpi’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, January 26th: Raven Haired Girl

Wednesday, January 27th: 5 Minutes For Books

Thursday, January 28th: Books on the Table

Friday, January 29th: Jenn’s Bookshelves

Tuesday, February 2nd: Read. Write. Repeat.

Wednesday, February 3rd: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, February 4th: Thoughts On This ‘n That

Wednesday, February 10th: Cerebral Girl in a Redneck World

Friday, February 12th: A Splendidly Messy Life

Tuesday, February 16th: Novel Escapes

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