The Golden Son

The Golden Son

Book - 2015
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From the beloved author of Secret Daughter comes a moving new novel of a young man at the crossroads of life

Anil is the cherished son of a large family in rural India. As the eldest boy, he is expected to inherit the role of leader of his clan and arbiter of its disputes, dispensing wisdom and good advice. Leena is his closest companion, a fiercely brave girl who loves nothing more than the wild terrain they inhabit and her close-knit family. As childhood friends, they are inseparable--but as adulthood approaches, they grow apart.

Anil is the first person in his family to leave India, the first to attend college, the first to become a doctor. Half a world away in Dallas, Texas, he is caught up in his new life, experiencing all the freedoms and temptations of American culture: he tastes alcohol for the first time, falls in love, and learns firsthand about his adopted country's alluring, dangerous contradictions. Though his work in a gritty urban hospital is grueling, Anil is determined to carve out his own life in America.

At home, Leena dreams of marriage, a strong and true love like the one shared by her parents, and leaves her beloved home to join her new husband's family in a distant village.

Then things start to go wrong: Anil makes a medical mistake with tragic results, his first love begins to fray and a devastating event makes him question his worth as a doctor and as a friend. On a visit home, Anil rekindles a friendship with the woman who seems to understand him better than anyone else. But their relationship is complicated by a fateful decision made years earlier.

As the two old friends discover each other again, they must also weigh the choice between responsibility and freedom, and between loyalty and love.

Publisher: Toronto : Harper Avenue, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781443446792
Characteristics: 393 pages ; 24 cm

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JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

Anil is the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, but his father has always had great plans for Anil to become a doctor. When Anil moves to Dallas to pursue a residency, he leaves his family behind to run the family business. He also learns what it is like to be free and single in the 21st century which can be both fun and dangerous. When Anil's father becomes ill, he is faced with a tough decision. Should he return home and take over the head of the family, or should he finish the plans his father expressly made for him? I really enjoyed this story, and loved the setting.

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becker
Nov 27, 2016

This book which takes place partially in Texas and partially in India was a good, very readable story that will be enjoyed by anyone who likes to be immersed into other cultures. I am a bit critical of what I consider to be numerous dropped story threads but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Well worth reading if you like a multi-cultural family story. Anyone who has read and enjoyed the author's previous book called The Secret Daughter should really pick this newest book up.

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MillieBT
Nov 27, 2016

Excellent story about the India culture...cant wait to read other novels by this author

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lgraf
Sep 08, 2016

Couldn't put this book down! Good insight into rural life & customs in India contrasting with a new life in Texas.

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22950006557185
Aug 15, 2016

excellent story about the cultures of India and USA; human interest story

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jmcc13
Aug 14, 2016

An okay to good book, but I wouldn't recommend it. While it does give a peak into the Punjab culture I found the storyline predictable.

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UnionvilleMama
Jul 28, 2016

We use the term "golden son" in my culture. As soon as I saw the title, I had an inkling about what the book would be about. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be culturally interesting and the pages flowed nicely. I haven't read the author's first book yet, but now I think I will!

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freddieb1
Jul 08, 2016

Very good book,that's easy to read.and explores the conflicts a young person of any religion or race faces when having to come to terms with their own views on these customs and those of their parents.Issue of choices one makes in relationships and job choice .Many moral issues wound into an interesting story.

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GilmoreGal
May 16, 2016

I liked Gowda's second book almost as much as the first. The characters and storyline were well developed, and not predictable. At times, it felt like the action was slow paced in the middle of the book.

HEARTS0508 Apr 01, 2016

Such a fantastic book, could not put it down. Just like Shilpi's first book.

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