A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel by Amulya Malladi

By Amulya Malladi

A gorgeous new novel—full of wit and warmth—from the bestselling writer of The Mango Season.

In stylish Silicon Valley, Priya has every little thing she needs—a loving husband, a occupation, and a home—but the only factor she wishes such a lot is the kid she’s not able to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising kids in a tiny hut, she and her husband can slightly retain a tin roof over their heads—but she wishes a greater schooling for her talented son. confused by way of her kinfolk, Asha reluctantly tests into the satisfied moms residence: a toddler farm the place she will hire her in basic terms asset—her womb—to a childless couple abroad. To the dismay of family and friends, Priya areas her religion in a girl she’s by no means met to make her desires of motherhood come true.

Together, the 2 ladies observe the easiest and the worst that India’s emerging surrogacy has to provide, bridging continents and cultures to convey a brand new existence into the world—and renewed desire to one another.

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Samantha carried baby Lucy and Grandma carried baby Laban to Mama. Sarah followed them, leaving little Louis in the kitchen alone with Virginia. She stood over him and patted him ever so gently. Papa came out of the bedroom, and his face was serious. He looked like he might cry. Virginia had never seen him look so sober. Suddenly she knew why Grandma had frowned and why Papa was sober. There was something terrifying about the thoughts that went through her head. She didn't want to think them, but she couldn't stop them.

No," said Mama, but her face was so pale and her voice so weak that Virginia felt a chill go down her back. She thought Mama would tell them why they were leaving. Instead, Mama said, in a husky whisper, "Papa will take you to Grandpa Daniel's, just for a night or two. "Now Danny, be good. Sarah, listen to Ginny. Ginny, you look out for Sarah. All of you, listen well to Grandma Katie. " Mama always called her mother-in-law Grandma Katie for special things. So Mama was telling her something important.

She was just feeling sad for having made a mistake, when she had a wonderful thought: Louis is Tiny, and God loves him! It is good to be Tiny that way. She began singing softly, "I love thee, Lord Jesus! " Suddenly, Tiny's red, ugly face was beautiful. He wailed in a thin high voice that sounded as weak as a newborn kitten's. But he was beautiful! "Grandma, I'm ready for my first feeding lesson," Virginia said. Page 50 9 Feeding Grandma says the milk must boil for several minutes. Then it must sit till it's cool enough for Tiny to drink it.

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