The Golden Son

The Golden Son

A Novel

Book - 2015
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The author of the bestselling Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story 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.

Anil is the cherished son of a large family in rural India. As the eldest boy, he is expected to inherit the role of leader of his clan. Fiercely brave Leena is his closest companion. Childhood friends--in spite of the inequalities of life and circumstance--they are inseparable, but with the complications of adulthood, their paths begin to diverge.

Anil is the first person in his family to leave India, the first to attend college, the first to become a doctor. Half a world away in Dallas, Texas, he is caught up in his new life, experiencing all the freedoms and temptations of American culture against the setting of a gritty urban hospital.

Leena leaves her beloved home to join her new husband in a distant village, but the arranged marriage shatters her romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family.

Anil's new American life begins to come apart after a tragic mistake and he is eventually drawn home, where he and Leena meet once again at a time when they need each other most. 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: Toronto, Ontario : HarperAvenue, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781443454537
Characteristics: 393 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 30, 2018

I rather enjoyed reading this book.

We got a glimpse of the clashing of the Eastern and Western ideas and traditions. Anil is in the USA, studying to become a Doctor, it is here where he sees the drastic contrast between technology, techniques, conditions (living/food/etc) and religions. Eventually, he learns how to combine and blend the two clashes of cultures to find the right solutions for his own problems and the problems of others. It is not an easy journey but it is worth it.

Leena, the steadfast daughter, who desperately tries to please her new family, is much stronger than anyone (besides her mother) gives her credit for. Despite everything that happened to her at the awful hands of her in-laws and husband, she is determined to push on and make a living for her and her mother. Given how male dominant Indian society is, this is no easy task, let alone for a shunned female who left her in-laws (which is a big no no, even though they did terrible stuff to her). While it was heartbreaking reading all the terrible things happening to Leena, I was always rooting for her and was happy to see her challenging and improving herself despite the circumstances.

Jcheng1234 Jul 10, 2018

I really enjoyed this book as I get to know more about the Indian culture and traditions. Its contrast with American culture in Texas was also very interesting. Being the first born son in a large rural Indian family, Anil’s life was burdened with expectation and responsibilities. But after much struggle, he finally came to terms with his yearning for freedom and obligation to family duties. A page turner for sure!

Jan 31, 2018

This was a great flow between two countries and enabled the reader to experience a comparison of cultures. Not a predictable ending which was what makes it a great read.

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.

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.

Nov 27, 2016

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

Sep 08, 2016

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

Aug 15, 2016

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

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.

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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