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From the Editor

As a mother and a fan of stories that transport me to another part of the world, I found this haunting and universal tale of the imperatives of motherhood tailor-made for me. Amulya Malladi is the author of five other gorgeously written novels, so naturally I was excited to dive in to her newest, A House for Happy Mothers.

In the dual narratives of Priya and Asha, two mothers living in very different socioeconomic conditions and parts of the world, several memorable themes resonated. First, the fierce lengths that women from any culture will go to make their dreams of motherhood come true. And the way that, against all odds and misgivings, women put their faith in each other to make those dreams a reality.

I found this novel to be a stunning and heartfelt story of two women with shared experiences across continents, illuminating both the relatable heartbreak of a couple who is struggling to conceive as well as exposing the rising but little known and troubling “surrogacy-for-hire” industry in India. This is a touching novel that will be relished by readers and discussed by many happy book clubs.

- Danielle Marshall, Editor

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Named a Summer Book Pick by Redbook, Working Mother, SheKnows, and Brit + Co

“Malladi (The Mango Season, 2003) examines India’s surrogacy industry with honesty and grace. This slice of life will touch all women who have struggled with conception and/or poverty. This thought-provoking novel will be a sure hit with book groups.” Booklist, Starred Review

“Malladi (The Mango Season) writes a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics. This title would make a great book club selection.” Library Journal

A House for Happy Mothers explores the lengths people will go for family. The characters are nuanced and sympathetic, and the dueling perspectives of a surrogate and the biological mother are commendable.” RT Book Reviews

“The story provides an intriguing glimpse into the surrogate industry and casts light on the emotional toil those involved face.” —The Associated Press

“A feel-good story that warms the heart.” Redbook

“This thoughtful novel examines India’s surrogacy industry with honesty and grace.” Brit + Co

“A wonderful novel that takes you through the journey of surrogacy and the heart-wrenching emotions of those involved.” —Sejal Badani, author of Trail of Broken Wings

“How far would you go to have a family, and how far would you go to save the family you already have? In A House for Happy Mothers, Amulya Malladi skillfully and compassionately raises these questions in a story of two women yearning to protect their families. This is a thought-provoking, modern-day family saga set against the backdrop of traditional Indian and American maternal expectations.”—Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives

“Compelling and filled with insight. [Amulya] Malladi’s voice is layered, and her empathetic powers highly developed. Indian surrogacy is a crucially important and little-considered subject, and Malladi’s novel is thoughtful, enlightening, and moving.” —Leslee Udwin, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker of East Is East and India’s Daughter

“A subtly nuanced and compassionate look at the controversial ‘rent a womb’ industry, Amulya Malladi's book is timely and illuminating.” —Nayana Currimbhoy, author of Miss Timmins’ School for Girls

A House for Happy Mothers shines an unblinking light on the business of surrogacy in India, and the emotional fallout. Can anything balance the inequality of power between a poor surrogate and a biological mother? A husband and wife in an arranged marriage? A mother and daughter struggling with years of perceived disappointment? Compelling and realistic, Amulya Malladi’s latest release is the perfect choice for book clubs, and any reader with a questioning mind and an open heart.” —Lorrie Thomson, author of A Measure of Happiness and What’s Left Behind

“A sensitive exploration of the emotional terrain of motherhood and the socio-economic complexities of our global world. Amulya Malladi’s novel contains no villains or heroes, just breathing, living characters who will draw you into their heartbreak.”—Shilpi Somaya Gowda, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

“In this timely contemporary novel, Malladi describes the important and controversial issue of surrogate pregnancy with a light and masterful [hand]. Readers will find their hearts deeply touched by the longings of the two women who become inextricably intertwined in this process of giving and receiving the ultimate gift—the birth of a child.” —Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of The Palace of Illusions and Before We Visit the Goddess

About the Author

Amulya Malladi is the author of six novels, including The Sound of Language and The Mango Season. Her books have been translated into several languages, including Dutch, German, Spanish, Danish, Romanian, Serbian, and Tamil. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in journalism. When she’s not writing, she works as a marketing executive for a global medical device company. She lives in Copenhagen with her husband and two children. Connect with Amulya at

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  • File Size: 3754 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503933318
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015XWK89M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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