The Shape of Family

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Product Details

Price
$27.99  $25.75
Publisher
William Morrow & Company
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.2 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780062933225

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About the Author

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her previous novels, Secret Daughter and The Golden Son became international bestsellers, selling over one million copies worldwide. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She lives in California with her husband and children.


Reviews

"A moving exploration of how loss can change the contours of a life. Gowda deftly examines the forces that can make and remake a family in this engrossing page turner of a novel."--Thrity Umrigar, author of The Secrets Between Us
"An unforgettable portrait of a family's loss, longing, and reconstruction. Haunting and beautiful, THE SHAPE OF FAMILY takes hold of you from the first page and does not let go."--Lawrence Hill, author of Someone Knows My Name
"This beautifully written, poignant novel explores how one loving family deals with an unspeakable tragedy. It's a novel about race and culture, parents and siblings, marriage and love, but most of all, it's about finding hope after darkness. Shilpi Somaya Gowda is a compassionate and wise storyteller who keeps us riveted from beginning to end."--Jean Kwok, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Translation
"Gowda's descriptions of their grief, coping mechanisms and bad decisions are as compassionate as they are profound. This is clearly a writer who has studied the full spectrum of human emotion, but even more impressive is her ability to render it so beautifully on the page."--Book Reporter
"Sympathetic and inspiring, this intimate story is bound to stick with you."--Ms. Magazine
"A moving story that reflects the trials of families everywhere ... The result is a rich and engrossing novel about normal people trying to live their lives."--BookTrib
"Thought-provoking to the core, The Shape of Family is both a warning about how our lives can change in an instant and a testament to the strength we must summon to keep a family whole."--Washington Independent Review of Books
"Rendered with compassion, this is a compelling testament to a family's struggle to find solace."--Booklist
Gowda renders even the worst decisions made by the Olanders with compassion and insight, so much so that rooting for them -- despite and because of their fragility -- becomes a pleasure. I know these characters, and I love them, and for some unnameable hours in this uneasy spring, their journey from life, to death, to life was also mine. What a gift, to be that transported, and, eventually -- blessedly -- transformed.--San Francisco Chronicle
Not simply a story about tragedy or even the dangers of fervent devotion, but a story about mourning in all its myriad forms.--San Diego Union-Tribune
In prose of quiet beauty, Shilpi Somaya Gowda drills down into the American Dream and comes up with pure gold. You will cry, rage, worry, and come to love the members of the Olander family.--Tatjana Soli, author of The Lotus Eaters
A deeply involving story of a family falling apart, THE SHAPE OF FAMILY rings so true.--Emma Donoghue, bestselling author of Room
Gowda traces the fallout lines with compassion and a keen eye for the lies we tell ourselves to avoid facing our own demons...A deft, patient portrait of grief.--Kirkus Reviews