Shobhan Bantwal is a noted author from USA who was born and raised in Belgaum.
Her fourth book THE UNEXPECTED SON, will be released on August 1, 2010 by Kensington publishing Corp. Her three previous books were, THE DOWRY BRIDE, THE FORBIDDEN DAUGHTER, and THE SARI SHOP WIDOW.
Shobhan always makes some reference to her home town in her writings and in this new book as well she narrates a story in Palgum (Belgaum) and to add to it this time one can enjoy the Marathi-Kannada conflict which plays a big role in the back drop of the story.
Shobhan Bantwal was born and raised at BELGAUM along with her four sisters. She resided in Camp area and she did her schooling from St. Josephs Convent Camp (LKG to SSLC) and then went to Lingraj College followed by Karnatak University in Dharwar for a master’s degree in sociology. She got a second master’s degree in Public Administration in the U.S. she rarely visits India, so her visits to Belgaum are very few and far between.She came to the United States in an arranged marriage in the mid 1970’s.
THE UNEXPECTED SON – the story
What happens when a woman suddenly wakes up to shocking news? A mysterious letter shatters Vinita Patil’s contented American life. It tells an impossible story: she has a grown son in India, a child she was told was stillborn 30 years ago. He is now seriously ill. Revealing her secret past to her husband could ruin her marriage. Nonetheless Vinita is compelled to return to India to meet her unknown son—and pray for the faith of the family she leaves behind.
Advance praise for THE UNEXPECTED SON:
“This inspiring testament to a mother’s enduring love makes for a fascinating tale and provides a window into an equally fascinating culture.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“The Unexpected Son by Shobhan Bantwal is yet another crosscultural delight by this author.”
– Chicago Examiner – 5 stars
“Shobhan Bantwal is a magical storyteller. The characters are so tangible that you miss them when you finish reading The Unexpected Son.”
– Book Pleasures – 5 stars
“This excellent contemporary provides strong insight into the Indian-American culture … The Unexpected Son is a super Indian-American tale.”
– Harriet Klausner, Amazon’s top reviewer – 5 stars
THE UNEXPECTED SON is available at bookstores in the U.S. and Canada and all online booksellers. Orders can be placed at Amazon,Barnes & Noble, Borders. In India the book can be purchased online from FlipKart.com. Flipcart Price Rs.559
Readers in USA and Canada can go to the Contest page on her website to win a give away; a costume jewelry set to one winner and five autographed copies of THE UNEXPECTED SON to five other winners as part of the book launch of THE UNEXPECTED SON.
She was the First Stars of Belgaum covered by AAB.