The weather’s getting better, and you know what that means! It’s time to find a good read as you sit by the beach! One book you’ll want to get your hands on is “The House of Hidden Mothers” by Meera Syal! Based on its synopsis, the book seems like a very intriguing read – “Welcome to Little India, situated in East London: Shyama, aged forty-four, has fallen for a younger man. They want a child together. Meanwhile, in a rural village in India, young Mala, trapped in an oppressive marriage, dreams of escape. When Shyama and Mala meet, they help each other realise their dreams. But will fate guarantee them both happiness?” The book deals with the topics of late parenthood and surrogacy, topics that are becoming more relevant in today’s modern society.
Critically acclaimed author, actress and comedian Meera Syal, CBE , returns to literature after 16 years with her much anticipated novel: “The House of the Hidden Mothers”. Never afraid to push the boundaries in discussing topical issues facing the Asian community, “The House of Hidden Mothers” tackles the difficult topics of late parenthood and surrogacy which seldom discussed, though extremely prevalent in the British Asian community. With many ‘late-mothers’ returning to India in search of surrogates, there are now roughly 3,000 clinics that provide in vitro fertilisation in India. Every year, the country sees anywhere from 100 to 300 surrogate pregnancies, making it the surrogacy capital of the world.
Taking on such a sensitive topic is no easy feat, but Syal’s powerful novel is underpinned by female friendship, motherhood and love. Armed with the unique ability to connect with her British Asian audience through compelling storytelling, Syal’s novel is beautifully descriptive. Readers will immediately connect with Shyama’s perception of Modern India, as Syal takes the reader on an emotional journey alongside the novel’s protagonist.
The book will be published in hard back by Doubleday on 4th June 2015 at £14.99