A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel

A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel

by Amulya Malladi

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ISBN-13: 9781503933316
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 301
Sales rank: 693,006
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amulya Malladi is the author of six novels, including The Sound of Language and The Mango Season. 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. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing executive for a global medical device company. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children.

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A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DoveArt More than 1 year ago
An honest portrayal a motherhood and womanhood in its many forms. Priya and Asha are two women from vastly different background and circumstances that become united in life as Asha become Priya's surrogate. Amulya Malladi does a beautiful job of exploring the ups and downs of this journey for both women and their family and friends. Just as the two women come across as relatable and real, so do the people in their lives. From the husbands and in-laws to the other surrogate mothers in the "House for Happy Mothers", everyone brings a unique perspective to the story exploring the struggles, the beauty, and also the moral and ethical dilemmas of surrogacy in the context of a wide spectrum of Indian culture, from Asha's poor, rural India to California's multicultural Bay Area. Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I loved the story, we get to hear both sides and how this affects both couples, the ending left me sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Wish I could download it to my Nook.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A woman who is half Indian and half American grows up in America and doesn't know much about her mother's heritage. Her mother doesn't help much either to share her heritage with her daughter. Her husband was born and raised Indian and his parents still live over in India. They have tried many different ways to become parents and finally end up having to go the surrogate route, but not only do they go the surrogate route, they choose a surrogate from India to carry their child. Asha is the woman who chooses to be the surrogate and get paid for carrying their child. She has wishes and dreams for this money and wants to use it to better the life of her family, but there are definitely some reservations for earning money this way; at least in her mind.
Holly More than 1 year ago
A House For Happy Mothers is the story of two women and what it means to bring a child into this world. In America, Priya and Madhu are a married couple that has gone through several miscarriages and with Priya really wanting to have a baby, she explores all options in which leads them to India. In India, Asha and Pratap are raising their young family with a gifted five year old and the need to earn more money to send him to a better school. When Pratap's sister-in-law finds that being a surrogate is easy money which leads to Pratap wanting Asha to do that even though Asha is against it but she is willing to do anything for her boy. With the doctor pushing for Asha to send her son to this one school, as she comes to find out with the help of Priya and her mother, that he might have a different motive for that. It all leads to a baby being born and two women learning what it means to be a mother. This book was easy to spend a couple hours reading but while reading it, it makes you think about what is really going on in the surrogacy world. To me, Priya was a little pushy at times and I felt more for Asha than anything for what she had to do against her wishes. Overall it was a pretty good book with a story-line that will get anyone talking. Thank You to Amulya Malladi for writing this story that introduced me to your books!! I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I received this book from the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge 2016!
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review **I received a free digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review** This story was amazing. I love watching Bollywood movies, so this caught my attention by being a story mostly set in India. But it goes beyond anything you'll see in a Bollywood flick. This deals with the harsh reality of being poor in India. There are 2 women, both named after Hope. One is half Indian (Praya) living in America, but married to an Indian man. While staying with his family, they find a surrogate, Asha. Asha is very poor, and already has 2 children. Her oldest boy is extremely intelligent, and this is the only way she can scrape together the money to send him to a good school. Praya's mother plays devil's advocate. Isn't this taking advantage of the poor? And you'll have to draw that conclusion for yourself. But it's a hard place to be where your best option is to rent out your uterus. It can't be easy to carry a baby to term and give it up, even if it's not genetically your baby. The story flipped between Praya and Asha. I think Asha did get some good out of the arrangement. It pushed her and her husband to a place that Asha never would have gone on her own. And she learned how much he really loved and and was willing to be equal partners with her. She never would have found this out otherwise, Asha prides herself on being a "good" Indian wife. Praya learns more about her own mother, they have a really difficult relationship. And she learns more about the Indian culture, even if she refuses to participate in some of it. Like refusing to call her mother's friends Auntie and Uncle - which is a sign of respect in India. I felt she was a bit stuck up, but it made for a great comparison against Asha. Asha was also a bit stuck up, but I think it all pointed to how we all have our own assumptions about how the world works, and maybe we should remember there's more to the story than we can ever see. The writing and the flow were fantastic. I will definitely be looking up more from this author!