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#SITSBooks: New Book Club Announcement & Giveaway!

By Aug 2, 2011January 26th, 201595 Comments

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After taking a short break for the summer, I am excited to announce our next SITS book club pick.  It is a book I LOVED and can’t wait to share with you.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a gem of a book.  (It was in my top ten list for 2010.)  In a small Indian village, a woman gives birth to a daughter.  Before her husband can kill the daughter, as he did to her older sister, the woman, Kavita, takes the baby to an orphanage in Mumbai.  She painfully gives up the baby and goes home to her village.

At the same time, a doctor in San Francisco cannot get pregnant.  Her husband is Indian and his mother knows of the same orphanage in Mumbai. They adopt that baby.

The book weaves back and forth from San Francisco to India with the stories of both families.  Towards the end of the book, their stories intersect.

Book club details:

  • When: Thursday, September 22nd
  • Time: 8-9:00 pm CST
  • Where: Twitter, Hashtag #SITSBooks

The author Shilpi Somaya Gowda will be joining us.  You can follow her on Twtter at @shilpigowda.


William Morrow Paperbacks, the publisher of Secret Daughter, is giving away 25 copies of the book to lucky SITS/Great Thoughts winners.  To win a copy, please leave a comment on this post and on my blog here. Be sure to leave your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you!

You’re going to love this book!

And stay tuned for next week when we’ll be announcing the book club picks for the remainder of the year. We’ve got a very exciting line up planned.

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  • pinkim says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book, even if it isn’t pink…I would love to win one…

  • Krista says:

    I started reading this last night. So far, I love it. I like that it addresses adoption and miscarriage. I think miscarriage isn’t addressed enough in our culture. It is such a loss and people are unable to discuss their grief of a lost child openly.

  • I’ve been away from SITS from a while, and am regretting it! What a great idea! This book looks so good, I can’t wait to read it. I usually get stuck in a book rut, reading all the same author or genre. The SITS book club is the perfect way for me to explore what’s out there! And who could turn down a chance for a free book, and an opportunity to actually talk to the author? Thanks!

  • miriam gaenicke says:

    It’s awesome!!! I’d love to discuss this w/a group of Indian Adoptees like me! 🙂

  • This sounds like a great book!

  • Jamie says:

    Awesome all of my cousins are starting a book club blog and after seeing this we’ve decided to add it as our second book!

    I love intercountry adoption stories, since we adopted internationally.

  • Jerica says:

    Wow this sounds like a really heartfelt book. I can see tears being held back unsuccessfully

  • I picked this book up after our last twitter book club and read it in 5 days, no small feat for a busy, busy mom. It was phenomenal. My sister and I always compare books that are more serious in nature to books with a little “cheesyiness” in them, and Secret Daughter was completely void of any cheese. One of my top 3 of the year for sure. I am really looking forward to chatting with the author and my other favorite book clubbers about it!

  • Tasha says:

    This sounds like a great read! Count me in!

  • Donna K says:

    It sounds good.

  • Sand says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Jennifer Kelly says:

    It looks interesting! Can’t wait to read!

  • Nick H. says:

    Posted on other blog as well. I would love to read this!

  • Nick H. says:

    This book looks really good. I am looking for a new book to read and this one would be great.

  • Melanie says:

    I’d love to win!

  • AEKZ2 says:

    I really want to read this book. Thanks!

  • Amanda S. says:

    Sounds like a wonderful book!!

  • Deb K says:

    This looks like such an interesting book, I’d love to read it!


  • susan smoaks says:

    i commented here and there, i love to read!

  • James Coyne says:

    it sounds like a great plot and i hope i win

  • Ellie W says:

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  • Susan Smith says:

    Sounds like a good book

  • Tracy says:

    This sounds great, I am adopted and love to read books about adoption (though this is perhaps the darker side of it all) thanks for the opportunity.

  • Mary Ward says:

    I’ve heard such great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Mary Ward says:

    I’ve heard such great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tricha says:

    looks so interesting

  • Ginny Marie says:

    I have been out of the loop all summer, and have missed the SITS Book Club! Looking forward to reading Secret Daughter!

  • Ed Nemmers says:

    I would like to read this work!

  • Carol Espinosa says:

    This daughter REALLY wants to win!

  • Holly C. says:

    I am always looking for a great summer read to share with my sister, thanks for the chance!

  • Sue Farrell says:

    I think this book would be interesting because of the Indian culture revealed in it.

  • Diane Baum says:

    This sound like the perfect summer read

  • I would LOVE to win this giveaway! I’m a big fan of reading and buy about every book under the sun. I haven’t actually read this one yet! So excited for the recommendation and even more excited at the idea of possibly winning it!

  • Deborah Rosen says:

    I have a probably vain hope that one day, throughout all the world, females will be seen as having as much value as males…to males. This book sounds like a captivating read, thanks for the chance to win it.

  • sherry walker says:

    i would love to win this book!

    sherwalk at yahoo dot com

  • Ana says:

    What an amazing story, I love to read books written by women they give another dimension to a book.

  • Shaunda Eppes says:

    This sounds like a great book.
    Shaunda.Eppes at gmail dot com

  • Vicki Wurgler says:

    thanks-this book sounds wonderful

  • Caryn S says:

    Would love to win. Thanks!

    caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

  • MJ Scott says:

    I can’t wait to read this book. It sounds really good.

  • monte says:

    WANNA READ THAT look so good