Review of The House of the Hidden Mothers
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The House of the Hidden Mothers by Meera Syal

Published by Black Swan for £8.99

In Little India, East London, successful business woman Shyama has fallen for a younger man.  Shyama is 48, divorced, with a teenage daughter and can no longer have children.  Mala, an impoverished village girl, is living in a rural village in India.  Trapped in an oppressive marriage she dreams of escape and is desperate to change her life.  Shyama and Mala meet and set a plan in motion to transform their lives forever but, will fate allow them happiness and, if so, at what cost?  In a roller-coaster of emotions told with warmth and humour, Syal weaves the story of the two women and of their families with a mix of serious political views and a clear understanding of their cultural differences.

Reviewed by Louise