Publisher: William Morrow
First published: March 9, 2010
Trade paperback: 368 pages
On the library stacks: Adult Fiction
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It's 1984 and Kavita is a poor young woman in rural India with the misfortune of giving birth to her second daughter. She knows that in order to save this baby girl's life, she must make the heart-wrenching decision to travel to Mumbai and deliver her to an orphanage.
Somer Whitman and her husband Kris Thakker are both doctors living in the San Francisco area. Somer has suffered two miscarriages and it becomes clear that she will not have any biological children of her own. She desperately wants to be a mother and decides to pursue adoption in her husband's homeland of India.
This is truly a moving story told mostly from the various perspectives of the women characters over a 25-year span. It is a richly descriptive novel and the characters are so real. They're flawed but realistically and even understandably so. At one point I was worried that the story was going to descend into silly coincidences, but it never did. The ending was just right in my opinion, and I even got a little emotional. This is a thought-provoking novel that I think book clubs might enjoy too. I loved it and look forward to reading more by this debut author.
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