Rating: 3 1/2 wine glasses
This book is about two very different families and the one thing they have in common. These stories are beautifully told.
Kavita and Jasu starting a family in India, where having daughters was a punishment. These girls were often disposed of and if they were lucky ended up in orphanages. Not being able to allow another daughter suffer the same fate as her first, Kavita secretly traveled days on foot, hours after giving birth, to allow her daughter some chance by giving her up for adoption.
Somer and Krishnan having suffered through multiple miscarriages and discovering that they would never be able to have a child of their own, sought adoption from Kris' home in India.
Asha the little girls story of adoption, growth, development, rebellion, and understanding. Through a school project she travels to India and discovers who she really is.
I experienced a lot during this book. I was the mother who had to give her daughter up for adoption, living in a culture where women served a purpose to cook and clean, and were required to bear sons.
I was a mother who adopted a child from another country and experienced the difficulties of connecting to this child who you loved with all of your heart.
I was a daughter who was adopted and felt the emotions of not belonging and the determination of finding out who I am.
I'm not going to lie. This book touched me and I was an emotional wreck at the end of it.