Monday, 11 November 2013

ISU Check #1

I am currently reading the novel Secret Daughter written by shilpi somaya gowda. This author was born and raised in Toronto, her parents however migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

shilpi somaya gowda was inspired to write Secret Daughter during a summer she spent working at an Indian orphanage in 1991 while she was in college. The novel was published in 2010, it uses two ideas as its starting points: infertility in North America and female gendercide in India. The Thakkars are an American mixed-race couple who adopt a girl in India, after her birth mother abandons her at an orphanage to save her from the fate of her first daughter. While the American mother, Somer, struggles with the insecurities that adoption brings to relationships, the Indian mother, Kavita, tries to find happiness as her family leaves their village for the slums of Mumbai. The story follows these families over a period of 20 years.

Due to her own personal experience with the culture and her background information I think she is a credible author for this novel.

1 comment:

  1. Brittney, thanks for a solid background on your author. Why is her name not capitalized? I find this an interesting choice.

    What background information in particular makes her a credible author?