The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda Book Review



Goodreads Summary: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.

My Rating:4/5 Stars

My Thoughts:


The Golden Son follows the perspective of two Indian people: Anil and Leena. Anil is the first person to leave his village and has gone to Dallas where he begins a medical residency at  a large hospital. Leena is one of Anil’s childhood friends, and enters a marriage that later shatters into pieces. This book follows these two characters as they suffer through many trials and tribulations both in America and America.

While this book isn’t anything special,it’s one that I wish I read more of.Books like these are so important because they discuss a world that isn’t very widely recognized. Books need more non-western settings. This book discussed so many interesting themes from the difficulties of marriage in India to racial injustices in America.We need more #ownvoices books that are set in non-western settings that talk about the different types of lives.I love reading books with Non-Western settings. I love reading about the culture, the food, the people. It’s so interesting to me, much more interesting than reading some boring ass adult book about some suburban white mom.These are the type of books I want to read all the time, especially when reading Adult books. For that aspect alone, this book is amazing.


Honestly the characters in this book were precious cinnamon rolls and I loved them so much and want to protect them from all evil. Both Anil and Leena suffered so much in this book  but despite that they came out stronger.I think the hardest parts to read were from Leena’s perspective, it was very difficult for me to  see her suffer through such a horrible marriage and for her to live through so many hardships. It was also very hard for me to see Anil go through so much to become a doctor, and how hard he had to work. This book really proved to me that being a doctor isn’t easy. Another thing that I loved about this book were Anil’s roomates. They were so funny and nice, and just really great friends for him to have.Something really bad happened to one of the characters,but I’m glad they pulled through it. One thing I would’ve liked to have more of is a little bit more of a relationship between Leena and Anil. I liked what I liked but would have liked to see more of their friendship.

What’s your Favorite Non-Western book?


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