Monday June 1, 2020

Book review: The House of Hidden Mothers

Non-fiction: The House of Hidden Mothers. By Meera Syal. Doubleday, €25.50. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden.

28th June, 2015
Meera Syal’s third novel is somewhat implausible

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...

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