THERE ARE PERHAPS NO DAYS OF OUR CHILDHOOD WE LIVED SO FULLY AS THOSE WE SPENT WITH A FAVORITE BOOK. MARCEL PROUST
Review of Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters
July 21, 2020
This is a well written book and I really loved the connecting stories told in this book. I always enjoy family stories so this book about mothers and daughters had me intrigued. On Asha’s 18th birthday her parents tell her she was adopted as a baby. She is completely stunned to learn this and is furious at her parents for keeping this a secret for so long. Her parents have a letter from her birth mother and Asha then begins searching to learn more about her biological parents. Mala is a grad student at university and her father has recently passed away. Her mother, Veena, is quite traditional in her Indian culture and is hoping Mala will soon marry an Indian man to guarantee her future. Mala is determined to finish her studies and doesn’t want an arranged marriage anytime soon. This book is beautifully written and I loved the mother/daughter connections. I also loved that this Canadian author based this book in Canada and it was so interesting to see the blend of the Indian/Canadian culture. Thank you to the author and Harper Collins Canada for this free review copy.