A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS: A Novel ~Amulya Malladi
“Amulya Mulladi is the author of six novels, including The Mango Season and the Sound of Language. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism and works as a marketing executive for a global medtech company. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children. She loves to connect with readers on her Facebook page and on her website at www.maulyamalladi.com.
“In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads—but she wants a better education for her gifted son. Pressured by her family, Asha reluctantly checks into the Happy Mothers House: a baby farm where she can rent her only asset—her womb—to a childless couple overseas. To the dismay of friends and family, Priya places her faith in a woman she’s never met to make her dreams of motherhood come true.
Together, the two women discover the best and the worst that India’s rising surrogacy industry has to offer, bridging continents and cultures to bring a new life into the world—and renewed hope to each other.”
I enjoyed reading this book very much and I learned a great deal about another culture and the trials of poverty – more about what women need to do to support their children and to survive. It came to me from TLC Book Tours and I received a copy of it free from Amazon Prime First books. I believe this book would expand other reader’s horizons and open eyes and hearts to troubling realities.
Mulladi deeply explores the feelings of these two women and includes the hormonal issues and how the society manipulates and individuals control others by their perceptions. There are many writing devises explored to deeply touch each woman’s feelings and life. How can there be true support miles apart and distanced by cultural experiences? Lots to take in here and much to discover. Who is actually making the money? Oh yes! Once again we must follow the money and the real care.
Women are exploited in so many situations and here another one is exposed. Is it a gift or is it abuse? How do husbands support and love? Is their relationship possible to be a friendship? Must that remain separate? How do the other members of the family interact and feel? How do the social activists get involved and protect.
A great deal of depth in this story and many ideas to consider. The author through the two women allows the reader into the idea and then the emotional fluctuations produce the outcome most hoped for and endured. An informative and well – written story well worth considering and enjoying.