The Golden Son

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The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of Secret Daughter returns with an unforgettable story of family, responsibility, love, honor, tradition, and identity, in which two childhood friends—a young doctor and a newly married bride—must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.

The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. His doubts are compounded by the difficulties he discovers in adjusting to a new culture and a new job, challenges that will shake his confidence in himself and his abilities.

Back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.

Tender and bittersweet, The Golden Son illuminates the ambivalence of people caught between past and present, tradition and modernity, duty and choice; the push and pull of living in two cultures, and the painful decisions we must make to find our true selves.


  • 001 The Golden Son

    Duration: 35s
  • 002 Maya the Harelip

    Duration: 09min
  • 003 Part I Chapter 01

    Duration: 40min
  • 004 Chapter 02

    Duration: 39min
  • 005 Chapter 03

    Duration: 10min
  • 006 Chapter 04

    Duration: 09min
  • 007 Chapter 05

    Duration: 17min
  • 008 Chapter 06

    Duration: 24min
  • 009 Chapter 07

    Duration: 13min
  • 010 Chapter 08

    Duration: 30min
  • 011 The Disputed Well

    Duration: 14min
  • 012 Part II Chapter 09

    Duration: 09min
  • 013 The Shared Mango Tree

    Duration: 07min
  • 014 Chapter 10

    Duration: 11min
  • 015 Chapter 11

    Duration: 43min
  • 016 Chapter 12

    Duration: 17min
  • 017 Chapter 13

    Duration: 25min
  • 018 Chapter 14

    Duration: 12min
  • 019 Dilip the Loyal Servant

    Duration: 20min
  • 020 Chapter 15

    Duration: 08min
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