A House for Happy Mothers

A House for Happy Mothers is available now in paperback, eBook and audio versions. You can order your copy on Amazon.

Two worlds collide in the wondrous tale, A House for Happy Mothers. In a village in South India, Asha and her husband struggle to provide for their two children. Desperate to provide a better education for her gifted son, Asha reluctantly joins the Happy Mothers House, a surrogate facility where she will rent her womb for a childless couple in America. In the Silicon Valley, Priya and her husband enjoy a fulfilled life in many aspects but for the child Priya is unable to have. As each chapter unfolds, Priya and Asha discover the best and the worst that India’s rising surrogacy industry has to offer. A House for Happy Mothers is the beautiful, heartwarming, emotional journey of two women who rediscover themselves while uncovering the truth behind motherhood and surrogacy, and in turn bring hope to each other.

For my journey to publication, read my blog “The sixth time was harder.”

Praise for “A House for Happy Mothers”

A House for Happy Mothers explores the lengths people will go for family. The characters are nuanced and sympathetic, and the dueling perspectives of a surrogate and the biological mother are commendable.

RT Book Reviews 

Malladi writes a poignant novel from two difficult perspectives that spans several complex and often controversial topics. This title would make a great book club selection.

Melissa Keegan, The Library Journal [Full Review]

A House for Happy Mothers is insightful, moving, and heartbreaking. Completely captivating and eye opening.

Mindingspot Blog [Full Review]

In this timely contemporary novel, Malladi describes the important and controversial issue of surrogate pregnancy with a light and masterful touch.Readers will find their hearts deeply touched by the longings of the two women who become inextricably intertwined in this process of giving and receiving the ultimate gift–the birth of a child.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of The Palace of Illusions and Before We Visit the Goddess

“A wonderful novel that takes you through the journey of surrogacy and the heart-wrenching emotions of those involved.”

Sejal Badani, author of Trail of Broken Wings

How far would you go to have a family, and how far would you go to save the family you already have? In A House for Happy Mothers, Amulya Malladi skillfully and compassionately raises these questions in a thought-provoking, modern-day family saga set amidst the backdrop of traditional Indian and American maternal expectations.

Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Good Neighbor and The Glass Wives

A House for Happy Mothers is a sensitive exploration of the emotional terrain of motherhood and the socio-economic complexities of our global world. Amulya Malladi’s novel contains no villains or heroes, just breathing, living characters who will draw you into their heartbreak.

Shilpi Somaya Gowda, NYT bestselling author of Secret Daughter and The Golden Son

Compelling and filled with insight. Malladi’s voice is layered, and her empathetic powers highly developed. Indian surrogacy is a crucially important and little-considered subject, and Malladi’s novel is thoughtful, enlightening, and moving.

Leslee Udwin, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker of East Is East and India’s Daughter

A subtly nuanced and compassionate look at the controversial “rent a womb” industry, Amulya Malladi’s book is timely and illuminating.

Nayana Currimbhoy, author of Miss Timmins’ School for Girls

A House for Happy Mothers shines an unblinking light on the business of surrogacy in India, and the emotional fallout. Can anything balance the inequality of power between a poor surrogate and a biological mother? A husband and wife in an arranged marriage? A mother and daughter struggling with years of perceived disappointment? Compelling and realistic, Amulya Malladi’s latest release is the perfect choice for book clubs, and any reader with a questioning mind and an open heart.

Lorrie Thomson, author of A Measure of Happiness and What’s Left Behind