Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers
Non-fiction: The House of Hidden Mothers. By Meera Syal. Doubleday, €25.50. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.
Surrogacy in all its thorniness is at the centre of Meera Syal’s third novel. The actor and comedian – whose experience of being South Asian in Britain has informed her previous fiction – takes a diffuse, character-driven approach to her subject, upending stereotypes as she allows the novel’s power dynamics to shift.
Initially, the two women at the centre of the story are worlds apart. Forty-eight-year-old Shyama, the child of Indian emigrants, owns a beauty...
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