THE UNEXPECTED SON
Bantwal’s touching novel weaves a tale rich in detail of one woman’s return home to India to reconcile with her past. However, shifting viewpoints keep the story from being outstanding.
When Vinita Patil opens the battered envelope postmarked Mumbai, her comfortable world is turned upside down. The anonymous letter tells her that she has a grown son in India who may be dying. As a naïve college girl she fell for and became pregnant by a wealthy young womanizer. When the baby was born, she was told he was stillborn. Since she never told her husband of the affair or pregnancy, he now feels betrayed. Vinita braves his rejection to help her son by returning home. She also works to atone for her childish mistake with her son, her family and her husband. (KENSINGTON, Aug., 352 pp., $15.00)