Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto to parents who migrated there from Mumbai. She holds an MBA from Stanford University, and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She spent a summer in college as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage, which seeded the idea for her first novel, Secret Daughter. A native of Canada, she has lived in New York, North Carolina and California. She now lives in Dallas with her husband and children.
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The Color of Our Sky (2015)
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Flame Tree Road (2015)
"With lyrical prose and exquisite detail, Shona Patel's novel brings to life the rich and rugged landscape of India."
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