By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
At the eve of the monsoons, in a distant Indian village, Kavita offers beginning to a toddler woman. yet in a tradition that favors sons, the single means for Kavita to save lots of her child daughter's existence is to provide her away. it's a choice that would hang-out her and her husband for the remainder of their lives, even after the coming in their adored son.
Halfway around the world, Somer, an American general practitioner, comes to a decision to undertake a toddler after making the wrenching discovery that she is going to by no means have one in every of her personal. while she and her husband, Krishnan, see a photograph of the infant with the gold-flecked eyes from a Mumbai orphanage, they're beaten with emotion. Somer is aware lifestyles will switch with the adoption yet is confident that the affection they already consider will conquer all obstacles.
Interweaving the tales of Kavita, Somer, and the kid that binds either one of their destinies, mystery Daughter poignantly explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss, identification, and love, as witnessed during the lives of 2 families—one Indian, one American—and the kid that indelibly connects them.
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