The Golden Son
by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Told through the eyes of two young friends from a fictional town in southern India this engaging novel explores the ideas of family roles, integrity, and the human spirit. There's Anil, a young man who is on the final stages of his medical degree. He's taken a residency thousands of miles away from home in Dallas, TX. There's Leena, whose arranged marriage ends in shame and disaster. They both face hardships and struggles that transform their lives. But it is how these two manage to save each other in the process of facing family and social expectations that is so inspiring and fascinating. Gowda has a straightforward, honest style that moves quickly. I just could not put this one down.