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Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of A Great Country

By Kobo • May 01, 2024Kobo in Conversation Podcast

"Family is the primary ecosystem that we all belong to, whether it's our family of origin or the one we create.

The way that I think of story and exploring issues tends to be within that family dynamic. I can't imagine that I'll run out of ideas on that front."

Nathan spoke with novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of the 2012 international bestseller Secret Daughter. Her new book is A Great Country. It’s about the Shah family, recently moved to the well-to-do neighbourhood of Pacific Hills. While Ashok and Priya catch up with friends at a dinner party one Saturday evening, their children are each, separately, experiencing things that will leave their family forever changed.

A Great Country by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Pacific Hills, California: Gated communities, ocean views, well-tended lawns, serene pools, and now the new home of the Shah family. For the Shah parents, who came to America twenty years earlier with little more than an education and their new marriage, this move represents the culmination of years of hard work and dreaming. For their children, born and raised in America, success is not so simple.

One Saturday night, the twelve-year-old son is arrested. The fallout from that event will shake each family member's perception of themselves as individuals, as community members, and as Americans.

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