This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)! This week's book is A Happy House for Mothers by Amulya Malladi!
About the book:
A stunning new novel—full of wit and warmth—from the bestselling author of The Mango Season.
In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads—but she wants a better education for her gifted son. Pressured by her family, Asha reluctantly checks into the Happy Mothers House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset—her womb—to a childless couple overseas. To the dismay of friends and family, Priya places her faith in a woman she’s never met to make her dreams of motherhood come true.
Together, the two women discover the best and the worst that India’s rising surrogacy industry has to offer, bridging continents and cultures to bring a new life into the world—and renewed hope to each other.
A House for Happy Mothers sheds light on the world of surrogacy and infertility. Priya and Asha come from different parts of the world, but become connected when Asha (living in a very poor area in India) becomes a surrogate for Priya (living in California) at the Happy Mothers House in India. Priya desperately wants to be a mother and Asha is desperate to get her gifted son into a good school. Each woman offers something that the other women really needs. This book was great in showing that both of these women were struggling but come from such contrasting worlds. It is heartfelt and makes you really think about poverty, privilege and some of the things most of us take for granted, like family. Readers will enjoy what a journey these two women face, together and how this journey affects them both.
About the author:
I am the author of six novels, including The Mango Season and Serving Crazy with Curry. My books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil.
My latest and sixth novel, A House for Happy Mothers will be released by Amazon Lake Union in June 2016.
I have a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism. When I'm not writing, I work as a marketing executive for a global medical device company. And when I'm not working, I paint for the sheer pleasure of it. I live in Copenhagen with my husband and two children and lament the weather nine months a year. You can connect with me at www.amulyamalladi.com.
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