First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

fistchapFirst chapter, first paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

Secret Daughter, a novel, is the first book I’ve read by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.  The story takes place in a remote village in India and in the U.S.  Here’s the first paragraph from part one, chapter one:

secretdaughter-books100Dawn of Mourning          Dahanu, India — 1984        Kavita

She came to the abandoned hut at dusk, without a word to anyone, when she felt the first unmistakable pulls deep within her.  It is vacant, except for the mat on which she now lies, knees drawn up to her chest.  As the next wave of pain shudders through her body, Kavita digs her nails into clenched palms and bites down on the tree branch between her teeth. Her breathing is heavy but even as she waits for the tightness to ease in her swollen belly.  She steadies her gaze on the pale yellow shadow on the mud floor, cast by a flickering oil lamp, her sole company in the dark hours of night. She has been trying to muffle her cries until it is unbearable to do so anymore. Soon, she knows, with the urge to push, her screams will beckon the village midwife. She prays the baby is born before dawn, for her husband rarely awakens before sunrise. It is the first of only two prayers Kavita dares to have for this child, wary of asking too much from the gods.

TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!  Here’s my teaser from the same book:

The first thing Somer sees when she opens her eyes is the IV stand next to her bed. She shuts them again quickly, hoping to recapture the dream about pushing a baby in a playground swing.

What are you reading?  Share a teaser!

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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55 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

  1. That’s a very powerful and moving opening. Not sure it’s a book I’d enjoy, but you do have me curious now.


    • mysm2000 says:

      It’s very much about a mother trying to save her daughter in a culture where baby girls are not valued, and it traces the girl’s life. I’m not far into it (still finishing the book I teased from last week) but I think it flips back and forth between the woman’s family in India and the daughter’s adopted family in the States. My sister really liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


  2. What an opening! I loved those excerpts, and I definitely want to know more. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


  3. I have another of this author’s books to read and am really looking forward to it. I love these types of books. This one sounds wonderful. I hope you are enjoying it.


  4. Colletta says:

    Wow! I was captivated by just this little bit! Enjoy! I hope you can stop by:



  5. I really like this idea! I think I’ll start doing it on my blog as well.
    AND I’ll add Secret Daughter to my TBR; I haven’t read many books set in India. I must!


  6. Diane says:

    Love the intro and definitely want to try this one as well. enjoy


  7. Great opening! I’ve had this book recommended to me before… sounds like it’s worth reading.


  8. Kay says:

    I like this too. Why is she hiding this from her husband? And is this the ‘secret daughter’? Nice pick!


  9. Beth F says:

    Great opening! Yes, I’d keep reading. And good teaser, too.


  10. Oh this does have a good opening and I definitely would like to know more – thank you so much for sharing.


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