Gowda tells us a story of two cities—Mumbai, India, and San Francisco, California—and two cultures, combined in the two Drs. Thakkur. Krisnan is an Indian man who emigrated when he was 20; the other, Somer, his wife, was born and raised in the United States. They adopt a 10-month-old daughter from India. It’s also a coming-of-age novel, for both the mother and the daughter. Asha, the daughter, feels closer to her father, but always wonders about her birth parents. Their collective and individual journeys are moving. It’s a fascinating first novel. Now in paperback!