An instant bestseller in Canada, The Golden Son is a "sensitive and intelligent work" with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honour and tradition, in which two childhood friends must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts (National Post).
Author of the bestselling Secret Daughter, Shilpi Somaya Gowda’s The Golden Son is about a young Indian doctor who leaves his village for a residency in the US. But he grapples with the expectation that as the oldest son, he is expected to inherit the mantle of arbiter for all village disputes. And he finds himself torn between a beautiful American girl and his old childhood friend.
The large and small struggles that make up everyday life are woven into an international family saga in Gowda's latest novel. After 10-year-old Anil Patel's father witnesses the small miracle of a doctor fixing a child's cleft lip in a nearby village in Western India, he and Anil agree that Anil should become a doctor. That decision later carries Anil far from his family's farm to a medical internship in Dallas. As Anil settles into American life with all the fixings, including an American girlfriend, his loved ones in India are trapped by their traditions. Worst off is Anil's childhood friend Leena, caught in an abusive marriage and powerless as a woman in traditional Indian culture. Anil must reckon with these issues when his father dies and he takes on familial duties, while keeping up with his American medical program. Straddling two worlds, Anil finds difficulty fitting into either. Like Gowda's debut novel, Secret Daughter, which became a bestseller in Canada, this new book, with its depiction of family struggles, offers readers a vivid cultural immersion. Even if the outcome is somewhat predictable, and tied up a bit too neatly, the journey to get there is deeply pleasurable.
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The Golden Son
Another great story beautifully told with so much wisdom from lessons learned.