The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends a young doctor and a newly married bride must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.
The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.
Back home in India, Anil s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena s romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more changing them both and the people they love forever.
Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the ambivalence of people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.
Gowda's first novel, Secret Daughter, disclosed the story of one little girl and two families, in India and America. Her richly and forthrightly told new book is about a boy and a girl from India who remain connected though they eventually live continents apart. Anil Patel, "the golden son," who's always wanted to be a doctor, has left his village behind and is a resident at an American hospital. There he experiences culture clash, some real disillusion, and the confirmation of his love of medicine even as he balances his responsibilities to his family back home. Meanwhile, his childhood friend Leena is trapped in a traditional marriage to an abusive man. Anil's story claims a bigger chunk of the narrative and has the more successful ending, though his tale is also bittersweet. Verdict The story can seem longish, but the details are truly told, and fans of family-centered saga will enjoy.-Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.