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The Golden Son - A Novel

Shilpi Somaya Gowda

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.

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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Sunil Malhotra

Length:

14h


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

09:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

40:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

39:49


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

30:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

43:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:25


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

18:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

26:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

18:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

38:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

13:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

31:11


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:04


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:53


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

23:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

15:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

33:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

27:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

17:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

31:34


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

10:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

23:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

01:01