The Golden Son

The Golden Son

A Novel

Large Print - 2016
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From the beloved author of "Secret Daughter" comes a moving new novel of a young man at the crossroads of life. 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: he tastes alcohol for the first time, falls in love, and learns firsthand abut his adopted country's alluring, dangerous contradictions.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780062442116
Characteristics: 567 pages ;,23 cm.

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jfd5
Jan 30, 2020

My third book by this author...bonus she's Canadian...always a perk.
Enjoyed this book as much as the other two. Always interesting to read about different cultures. We take so much for granted and this book reaffirms that. Recommend it for sure

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Lodie777
Oct 10, 2019

Engaging writing. Weak lead character with strong female characters. Could possibly be a good movie and a case where the movie is better than the book.

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Travellover123
Jul 25, 2019

BOUGHT THE BOOK. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It gave me movie vibes.
I really like the lesson you learn at the end (while understanding that some people may have limitations in this area) that you can and should try to balance your passion and your duty to live a life that means something to you. I also loved that you travel some rural India to the Texas metropolitan because that is what I look for in a book the travel and new experiences. I even loved the medical lingo I learned because I never watched Grey's Anatomy haha.

Tl;dr - This book is great, often times a bit too real, but would definitely recommend.

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Dream24
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!

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lljjcj
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.

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becker
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.

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MillieBT
Nov 27, 2016

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

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lgraf
Sep 08, 2016

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

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