A House for Happy Mothers

A Novel
Author(s): Amulya Malladi
CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: BN9572
Released: Jun 01, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781511366830
Narrator/s: Deepa Samuel
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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A stunning new novel-full of wit and warmth-from the bestselling author of The Mango Season. In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs-a loving husband, a career, and a home-but the one thing she wants most is the child she's unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn't have much-raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads-but she wants a better education for her gifted son. Pressured by her family, Asha reluctantly checks into the Happy Mothers House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset-her womb-to a childless couple overseas. To the dismay of friends and family, Priya places her faith in a woman she's never met to make her dreams of motherhood come true. Together, the two women discover the best and the worst that India's rising surrogacy industry has to offer, bridging continents and cultures to bring a new life into the world-and renewed hope to each other.

Professional reviews

"Deepa Samuel sweetly narrates this rich story of two women, separated by continents and astonishingly dissimilar lives whose worlds intersect because each is desperately yearning for the unattainable. Samuel provides just enough differentiation of the two main characters. She gives a melodic lilt to the voice of Priya, a successful Californian of Indian descent, in depicting her inconsolable longing for a baby after multiple miscarriages. Asha, a traditional wife and mother in lower-class India, is perceptively portrayed as she is persuaded by her husband to serve as a surrogate to earn money for their gifted son's education. Each woman grapples with layers of regret and joy, especially when Asha discovers that the Indian home for surrogate mothers is not as lovely as it first appears. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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