A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi

A House for Happy Mothers

A stunning new novel—full of wit and warmth—from the bestselling author of The Mango Season. In trendy Silicon Valley, Priya has everything she needs—a loving husband, a career, and a home—but the one thing she wants most is the child she’s unable to have. In a Southern Indian village, Asha doesn’t have much—raising two children in a tiny hut, she and her husband can barely keep a tin roof over their heads—but she wants a better e...

Details A House for Happy Mothers

TitleA House for Happy Mothers
Release DateJun 1st, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Cultural, India, Contemporary

Reviews A House for Happy Mothers

  • Miramira Endevall
    2.5 stars. I kept reading because while I have given some thought to the concept of surrogacy, I wasn't aware of the surrogacy market in India and the book kept me thinking, sometimes very uncomfortably.**Spoilers Below**The thing is, the big takeaway I got from this book is that the type of surrogacy portrayed is completely, utterly, disgustingly exploitative. Not to mention heartbreaking. (Note that this is the message I took away from the book...
  • Aditi
    “If I were asked to define Motherhood. I would have defined it as Love in its purest form. Unconditional Love.” ----Revathi SankaranAmulya Malladi, a bestselling Indian author, has penned a thoroughly refreshing and alluring contemporary fiction called, A House for Happy Mothers that surrounds around two women, one wants a baby desperately thus choosing the surrogate route to India away from her posh Silicon valley life with her darling husba...
  • Cheri
    In America, one SF Bay area family, Madhu and Priya, husband and wife, childless, multiple miscarriages, hearts broken, breaking over their multiple losses. Madhu was born in India, Priya’s mother is Indian, her father “American.” Priya can’t imagine a life without a child, so she investigates what options there are left to her. In India, one family, Pratap and Asha, husband and wife, their two children, Manoj and Mohini, son and daughter...
  • Patty
    There are so many underlying themes in this book from the desire to have a baby, family dynamics, the economics of the poor, the ethics of surrogacy and privilege. The heart of the story belongs to Priya who desperately wants a baby. She has been trying and trying; she’s suffered several miscarriages and failed IVF treatments. She is OVERWHELMED with wanting to have a baby. Her husband supports her but he’d be fine with or without and it’s ...
  • Smitha
    This story deals with the issue of surrogacy. The problems faced by surrogate mothers and the donor mothers ..and their spouses and close family.The discrepancy between rich and poor lives..This was an emotional rollercoaster ride lasting 9 months with occasional flashbacks into their lives.Was an interesting topic, compasisonately told.
  • Janita Shah
    Rarely you come across a book that grips you not because there are a lot of twists and turns, but because it grips you emotionally. I finished this book over 2 days and just could not get myself to put it down. (view spoiler)[ At the end of the book, I was filled with happiness on Priya becoming a mother as well as sadness just thinking about giving up a baby. (hide spoiler)]I could totally relate to the story as it is against an Indian backdrop ...
  • Samara
    I read this novel as a Kindle first and found the book to be instantly compelling. The characters felt believable and the issue of surrogacy against the backdrop of modern India makes for a rich story that is thought provoking and revealing. I especially loved the characters especially Asha and the way she put her son's educational needs and then a desire for a flat in such realistic perspective. As a parent I always think about what sort of lega...
  • Marta
    The concept is intriguing: an Indian couple in America cannot have children, so they turn to a surrogate in India. The book follows their different backgrounds and motivations. This book could have been a great exploration of the surrogacy market in India, the emotional toll it takes on both families, cultural differences, etc. Instead it is a collection of trite conversations and terrible parties where people keep judging each other and talk abo...
  • Pia
    The surrogacy market is thriving in India, or at least was before the government started talking about shutting it down as they deemed it was an exploitation of Indian women. I've watched quite a few documentaries on the subject and it's heart breaking, even if it can be a win-win situation for both the couples that can't have children, and for the mothers, who can improve their normal lives due to the money they get as surrogates. And I say it "...
  • Farnoosh Brock
    I chose this book very randomly from the Kindle Unlimited selections. I had just finished a very long novel and was looking for a quick and easy ready and for familiarity. When the story started out with an Indian couple in the tech world in Silicon Valley, I felt almost at home (I used to travel to San Jose all the time and worked at a tech giant and have a lot of Indian friends!) I think it is a very well-written story that flows and reads very...
  • Theresa Alan
    What is interesting about this book is the moral questions that arise about surrogacy. In this story, Priya and her husband Madha, who live in America, tried to have a child the natural way three times, but each time ended in miscarriage. While adoption is an option, Priya has a friend who went through a service that uses impoverished woman in India to act as a surrogates, so Priya convinces her husband (who would be just fine with not having a c...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Priya and Madhu are a well-to-do, Indian-American couple from Silicon Valley. Though they lack for nothing, they struggle to have a baby. After several miscarriages, Priya opts for a surrogate mother. In a small village of India, Asha and Pratap and their two children live in a hut. When neccesssity arises, Asha decides to become a surrogate but not without reservations. Thus, when Asha is chosen as Priyas surrogate, both women embark on a diffic...
  • Vijayalakshmi
    “Even though they had all the creature comforts they could dream of, none of the women in the Happy Mothers House was happy. Asha saw it everywhere. The frustration of being away from their families, the humiliation of lying to everyone about their pregnancy, the conflict of having a baby inside them they mustn’t bond with –these were definitely not Happy Mothers.”The best part about reading diversely, is that occasionally I come across b...
  • Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this ! 3.75 stars. It's a basic story of two couples one couple who can't have children and another couple that can. We have Priya and Madhu in America who are Indian but live in California. Priya has suffered a few miscarriages and turns out she won't be able to carry her baby to term so they go through a surrogacy outfit in India and another woman Asha becomes a surrogate. The story is about what ...
  • Mahoghani 23
    If you had the opportunity to give another woman a precious gift of life, would you? This story tells the role of each woman; their issues, financial status, their family and so forth. The major difference is one woman can't have children and the other can. The surrogate mother lives in India and needs the money to find a place to lve and better schooling for her son. Each woman deals with the hardship of pregnancy from different perspectives. Pr...
  • Chinara Ahmadova
    Well, I got this book free as Kindle first through my Prime Amazon account and read it before its release date and happy that I've got to read this book! As a new mom, this topic was especially interesting and challenging for me. Basically, the story talks about a family using surrogate mother in India to have a baby and all moral and social attitude of families are well described over here. It was a good surprise to me to know about this busines...
  • Denise
    4.0 out of 5 stars -- If you were really desperate for a baby, what would you do to get one? Is there really hope after a series of miscarriages and barrenness?That question is at the heart of this contemporary fiction novel that begs for debate and discussion. In this case, a surrogate is hired in India to carry the baby that a US couple, Priya and Madhu want so badly. In the awkwardness of the encounters between the surrogate and the natural pa...
  • Brina
    Ich habe bislang noch kein Buch zum Thema Leihmutterschaft gelesen und war von daher sehr gespannt, wie die Autorin mit der Thematik umgegangen ist und wie sie umgesetzt wurde. Da das Thema Leihmutterschaft in vielen Ländern nach wie vor ein Tabuthema ist, habe ich hier zunächst befürchtet, dass die Autorin die Geschichte zu sehr mit erhobenen Zeigefinger schreiben würde, allerdings war dies hier nicht der Fall.Das Thema wird gut erzählt, ma...
  • Natasha David
    Perhaps it was the heading on the product page describing this book as ‘full of wit and warmth’ that led me to believe that it would be an uplifting choice.Unfortunately, I found it to be such a sad story with no offsetting levity. Surrogacy is such an emotional issue for both the parents as well as the surrogate mother and the setting amidst the poverty of India makes it even more heartrending.On the plus side, it was interesting to learn mo...
  • Elise
    Readers who loved "A Breath of Fresh Air" will find this a significantly different read. It reads much lighter than "Breath" and does not feel formulaic in topic or writing style. An American-Indian woman is infertile; an Indian woman is trying to build a future for her children. Each gives what they can in order to achieve their goals. Priya and her husband pay Asha to be their surrogate, and Asha plans to use the payment to pursue her son's edu...
  • Lesley
    What a great story! I felt it really showed the cultural issues of both women very well. I got this book as an Amazon First read and very glad to pick this book. Nice book to read on Mother's Day! Happy Mothers is the name of a surrogate clinic in India (It is not really so happy for the surrogates)! Would recommend this story!
  • Cindy Roesel
    “Gangamma, like Asha, wondered if she was going against the wishes of God by giving a barren woman a baby. “If she can’t have a child, it’s because God doesn’t want her to have one,” Gangamma said. “Don’t you think we’re doing something wrong here?” “And if God gives us cancer, we still get treated, don’t we? We don’t sit around and think this is God’s will,” Keertana said. “This is the same thing.”” A HOUSE fo...
  • Heather
    Yet another 3.5 stars if I could. Thought provoking, but too neatly wrapped up. Author spends a lot of time telling how everyone feels but not a lot on showing it. TONS of background info dumping at the start, and then randomly interrupting the story later on (like she'll mention - as a totally made up example - "the time we had that cat that we loved, and then it ran away, and now every time I see cats I'm sad." And then flash back to now detail...
  • Andrea
    This is the first Kindle First Read book I’ve actually read and I think I came into it not really knowing what to expect other than that it was about international surrogacy. Having finished, I can only say WOW. There were a lot of ideas and opinions presented here and, while I don’t think I’ve left this book with a clear thought of yay or nay in terms of 1st world parents using third world surrogates, I think the ideas and conflicts explor...
  • Poppy-Kathryn Dews
    I'm picky, and seldom give a five star review, unless it's meaningful. And I can't waste anymore time reading this book. There is too much detail...he said, she said, he felt, I felt....which, for me, diluted anything worth telling. It's another book with a good story line, but it NEVER delivered.First of all, I take umbrage with the crude words and expressions which the author casually sprinkles through-out the conversations of her main characte...
  • Tanya (mom's small victories)
    A House for Happy Mothers showcased the hope, love and lengths mothers will go to for the sake of their children. Both Priya's and Asha's stories are compelling, but what makes A House for Happy Mothers is the ethical and social perspectives that are brought to our attention in surrogacy and exploitation of the poor. I think this would be a particularly interesting discussion for a mom's book club. For my full review and a free printable of book ...
  • Sandy Harris
    A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS takes us on a fictional couple’s journey from infertility into surrogacy. What makes the novel work are the strong central characters: a wife desperate for a child, a husband not sharing her desperation, and the surrogate mother with mixed feelings but taking part for the financial wellbeing of her economically challenged family in India. I didn’t feel like an onlooker; I felt like a participant in this true to life ...
  • Sharon Jones
    I can highly recommend this book. It is a realistic look into the mind of surrogate mothers and the people that are compelled to use their services. I could hardly put it down as there was no way if predicting how the story would end. Wonderful character development and being set in India one understands a little more if what propels people to decide to allow someone else's baby to grow in their womb.
  • Sue
    This was fascinating and heart-felt. At times the writing felt rushed like the author wanted to get to the next big conflict and couldn't wait. However, it's solid and really opened my eyes to surrogacy. Obviously, this isn't the end all be all, but I never read anything about just that it's a way for a family to have a child. It was interesting to see the conflict on both sides. 3.5 bumped up to 4.
  • Mary Ann Kierych
    Seeing a problem from both sideWould recommend to any women who has ever given birth or wanted a child. Seeing from different perspectives and different circumstances