The Shape of Family

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Mariner Books
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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.1 inches | 0.62 pounds

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About the Author

Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her previous novels, Secret Daughter, The Golden Son, and The Shape of Family became international bestsellers, selling over two million copies worldwide, in over 30 languages. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She lives in California with her husband and children.


"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"Rendered with compassion, this is a compelling testament to a family's struggle to find solace." -- Booklist

"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