When the cold weather comes, many of us want nothing more than to hibernate with our favorite book and warm cup of tea. Keep this reading recommendation in mind for your book list this winter.

Heather O’Neill, the award-winning author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, has selected Secret Daughter by Heather O’Neill, as the Amnesty International Book Club Selection for this month.

1In rural India, a baby, Asha, is born to Kavita and her husband. Due to their extreme poverty and the fact that the child is a girl, her husband forces Kavita to give the baby up – a decision that will haunt them both for the rest of their lives.

Halfway around the world, Somer, an American doctor, decides to adopt a child after discovering that she will never have one of her own. When her husband Krishnan shows her a photo of baby Asha sent to him from a Mumbai orphanage, she falls instantly in love. But little does she know the obstacles she will face.

Weaving together the stories of Kavita, Somer and Asha, Secret Daughter, the debut novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda, explores the emotional terrain of motherhood, loss and belonging. As the story moves between the two families, Gowda addresses issues of culture, identity and familial loyalty.

Membership in the Amnesty International Book Club is free. To see the full list of books, readers and discussion guides, or to join the Book Club, visit www.amnestybookclub.ca or call toll-free 1-800-266-3789.


Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.