The Unexpected Son

The Unexpected Son

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"What happens when a woman who's realized her dreams wakes up to a shocking truth? Shobhan Bantwal's poignant new novel weaves a captivating tale of one woman's return to India: the place where she lost everything--and now has everything to gain. . .

It is a morning like any other in suburban New Jersey when Vinita Patil opens the battered envelope postmarked "Mumbai." But the letter inside turns her comfortable world upside down. It tells Vinita an impossible story: she has a grown son in India whose life may depend on her. . .

Once upon a time, a na#65533;ve young college girl fell for a wealthy boy whose primary interests were cricket and womanizing. Vinita knew, even then, that a secret affair with a man whose language and values were different from her own was a mistake. He finished with her soon enough--leaving her to birth a baby that was stillborn. Or so Vinita was told. . .

Now, that child is a grown man in desperate need. To help her son, to know him, Vinita must revisit her darkest hours by returning to her battle-scarred homeland--and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind. . .
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, c2010.
ISBN: 9780758232038
Branch Call Number: BANTWAL
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 21 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 05, 2013

A very moving book - u sure feel sorry for the female in this book. Especially what her family does to her.

Feb 08, 2012

this is a lovely story

Aug 12, 2011

Another good book from Bantwal focusing on Indian women. Vinita gave birth to a son when she was 19 by C-section and was told he died. Everything was hushed up by her family and she moved on, married a man and moved to New Jersey. Many years later an anonymous letter arrives telling her that her son is alive and dying. As in all of her novels, cultural constraints on women and societal problems in India are not ignored but dealt with relatively lightly. There's always a happy ending.


Add a Summary

Feb 27, 2011

Indian college student is seduced by another student. When she becomes pregnant she doesnt want an abortion and he doesnt want to marry. Her brother and parents tell her baby is stillborn. She marries an Indian man from America and finds out much later her son is still alive and has leukemia.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at LPL

To Top