Sheryl Parbhoo is a cornbread-loving Southerner who wears many hats including her latest, novelist. The Atlanta area mother of five is also a blogger, educator, and realtor. On her popular blog, Southern Life, Indian Wife, Parbhoo has written about her experiences with multicultural marriage and family life. Her reflections on Indian and Southern culture in her life, as well as the responses she receives from readers, are the real life inspirations for the characters in her debut novel, The Unexpected Daughter.
Attention from her novel, blog, and contributions to online magazines have led to radio interviews, talk show invitations, as well as being featured by PBSNewshour and cited by Harvard Divinity School. She loves to hear from readers.
Three people’s lives intersect in a tumultuous yet redeeming way that none of them could have ever predicted. Jenny is a young professional from the South with an upbringing she wants to forget. She meets Roshan, an Indian immigrant who has moved to the United States with his mother, Esha, to escape family ghosts. With strong cultural tradition, Esha has devoted her entire life to her only child, both for his own good and for her personal protection from a painful past. Roshan understands his role as his mother’s refuge, and from an early age, he commits himself to caring for her. But when Jenny and Roshan embark on a forbidden, intercultural relationship, all three get tangled into an inseparable web—betrayal, violence, and shame—leaving them forced to make choices about love and family they never wanted to make while finding peace where they never expected to look.