THE SECRET DAUGHTER by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is an engaging and captivating novel about adoption, family, and the search for self. Set against the backdrop of India, we share the life of Asha, along with her adoptive and biological parents, from the day of Asha’s birth to her development into a young woman.
A DUTY TO THE DEAD, by the mother-and son writing team known as Charles Todd, opens in 1916 on a hospital ship, Britannic, that is sailing off the coast of Greece. Elizabeth Crawford is a nurse stationed on the ship, who has worked tirelessly tending to the British casualties of World War I. Against her better judgment, she develops strong feelings for an injured soldier named Arthur Graham. On his deathbed, Arthur begs Bess to deliver an important message to his brother in Kent. After putting off the task for a while, Bess finally finds the time to visit Arthur’s relatives.
ANATHEM, the latest invention by the author of CRYPTOMONICOM and THE BAROQUE CYCLE, is a magnificent creation: a work of great scope, intelligence, and imagination that ushers readers into a recognizableâ€”yet strangely invertedâ€”world.
THE WRITING ON MY FOREHEAD is a multi-generational tale involving a complex Indo-Pakistani clan which is scattered all over the world. They periodically gather in Pakistan, England and America for family visits. The elders who live in the West are determined to familiarize their children with the rich culture and traditional mores of their heritage. Nafisa Haji has written, with lyrical prose, a multi-layered, coming of age story which is sure to appeal to many readers. Saira Qader, a first generation American, is the narrator.
April 29, 2009
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Tags: Arabic World, Immigration-Diaspora, Life Choices, William Morrow Â· Posted in: Coming-of-Age, Debut Novel, Family Matters, India-Pakistan, Pakistan, World Lit