The Golden Son

The Golden Son

eBook - 2016
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The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends--a young doctor and a newly married bride--must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family's expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village's disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil's closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena's romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more--changing them both and the people they love forever.

Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the ambivalence of people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.

Publisher: William Morrow & Co.,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062391476
006239147X
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

Anil is the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, but his father has always had great plans for Anil to become a doctor. When Anil moves to Dallas to pursue a residency, he leaves his family behind to run the family business. He also learns what it is like to be free and single in the 21st c... Read More »


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JCLColleenO Jul 06, 2017

Anil is the eldest son of a traditional Indian family, but his father has always had great plans for Anil to become a doctor. When Anil moves to Dallas to pursue a residency, he leaves his family behind to run the family business. He also learns what it is like to be free and single in the 21st century which can be both fun and dangerous. When Anil's father becomes ill, he is faced with a tough decision. Should he return home and take over the head of the family, or should he finish the plans his father expressly made for him? I really enjoyed this story, and loved the setting.

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becker
Nov 27, 2016

This book which takes place partially in Texas and partially in India was a good, very readable story that will be enjoyed by anyone who likes to be immersed into other cultures. I am a bit critical of what I consider to be numerous dropped story threads but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. Well worth reading if you like a multi-cultural family story. Anyone who has read and enjoyed the author's previous book called The Secret Daughter should really pick this newest book up.

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MillieBT
Nov 27, 2016

Excellent story about the India culture...cant wait to read other novels by this author

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lgraf
Sep 08, 2016

Couldn't put this book down! Good insight into rural life & customs in India contrasting with a new life in Texas.

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22950006557185
Aug 15, 2016

excellent story about the cultures of India and USA; human interest story

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jmcc13
Aug 14, 2016

An okay to good book, but I wouldn't recommend it. While it does give a peak into the Punjab culture I found the storyline predictable.

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UnionvilleMama
Jul 28, 2016

We use the term "golden son" in my culture. As soon as I saw the title, I had an inkling about what the book would be about. I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be culturally interesting and the pages flowed nicely. I haven't read the author's first book yet, but now I think I will!

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freddieb1
Jul 08, 2016

Very good book,that's easy to read.and explores the conflicts a young person of any religion or race faces when having to come to terms with their own views on these customs and those of their parents.Issue of choices one makes in relationships and job choice .Many moral issues wound into an interesting story.

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GilmoreGal
May 16, 2016

I liked Gowda's second book almost as much as the first. The characters and storyline were well developed, and not predictable. At times, it felt like the action was slow paced in the middle of the book.

HEARTS0508 Apr 01, 2016

Such a fantastic book, could not put it down. Just like Shilpi's first book.

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