Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In college, she spent a summer as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter, published in 2010. It was a New York Times and #1 international bestseller, and was translated into over 30 languages. Secret Daughter was shortlisted for the South African Boeke Literary Prize, longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was an IndieNext Great Read, a Target Book Club Pick, a ChaptersIndigo Heather’s Pick, and an Amnesty International Book Club Pick.

Her second novel, The Golden Son, was published in 2015-16 around the world, was a #1 international bestseller, a Target Book Club Pick, a Costco Buyer’s Pick, and was awarded the French
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The Inspiration Behind The SHAPE OF FAMILY

Today marks the paperback release of THE SHAPE OF FAMILY, and I wanted to share the story behind it.

People often ask me about the inspiration for my novels. When I reach back into my personal history to try to identify the first seed of the idea, I usually have to go quite far, a couple of decades at least. I discover there is usually a thought or question lodged in my mind by some experience whi Read more of this blog post »
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“At some point, the family you create is more important than the one you were born into.”
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Shilpi Somaya  Gowda Janet, thanks for your message. I can't wait to hear what you think of THE GOLDEN SON. It will be out Oct 20 in Canada, Jan 26 in the U.S.


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Janet Shilpi,

I am so exciting that your next book is out. Can't wait to read it!

Janet


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


message 1: by Vivek

Vivek You have great choice Shilpi.Keep it up.


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