Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

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A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy. A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love. CristinaHenriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans Eighteen years old and fizzing with optimism, Solimar Castro-Valdez embarks on a perilous journey across the Mexican border. Weeks later, she arrives in Berkeley, California, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. Undocumented and unmoored, Soli discovers that her son, Ignacio, can become her touchstone, and motherhood her identity in a world where she s otherwise invisible. Kavya Reddy has created a beautiful life in Berkeley, but then she can t get pregnant and that beautiful life seems suddenly empty. When Soli is placed in immigrant detention and Ignacio comes under Kavya s care, Kavya finally gets to be the singing, story-telling kind of mother she dreamed of being. But she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else s child. Nacho to Soli, and Iggy to Kavya, the boy is steeped in love, but his destiny and that of his two mothers teeters between two worlds as Soli fights to get back to him. Lucky Boy is a moving and revelatory ode to the ever-changing borders of love."show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 472 pages
  • 163 x 231 x 41mm | 703g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers'
  • United States
  • English
  • 1101982241
  • 9781101982242
  • 65,962

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Like M.L. Stedman in The Light Between Oceans, Sekaran presents a complex moral dilemma that leaves readers incapable of choosing sides. Lucky Boy is a must read. BookPage Remarkably empathetic...Deeply compassionate...Delivers penetrating insights into the intangibles of motherhood and indeed, all humanity. Booklist (starred) How lucky the reader who gets to devour Shanthi Sekaran's extraordinary, necessary novel. Lucky Boy is both timely and timeless, depicting the comedy and delights of the world as well as its brutalities and injustices. It's a story about immigration, privilege, and parenthood, and shows us how we are connected, and how we are, perhaps irreparably, divided. It swept me away and took a little piece of my heart with it. It's a perfect book. Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author of California Shanthi Sekaran has written a lush and emotionally wrenching novel, and she has written it in some of the most beautiful prose I've read in a long time. This is a fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love. Cristina Henriquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans Sekaran is a master of drawing detailed, richly layered characters and relationships; here are the subtly nuanced lines of love and expectation between parents and children; here, too are moments of great depth and insight. A superbly crafted and engrossing novel. Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Shanthi Sekaran is a wonderful writer lyrical and astute, compassionate and fearless and Lucky Boy is a heartfelt and moving novel that challenges our notions of motherhood and the true meaning of home. A deeply beautiful book. Molly Antopol, award-winning author of The UnAmericans [H]umanizes current discussions of immigration, privilege, and what it means to be an American....Sekaran evokes compassion for all the principals involved in the story...highly recommended and would be a strong choice for book clubs. Library Journal (starred review) An ambitious story that touches on sweeping themes of fertility, immigration, motherhood, racism and class struggle....There are few easy solutions to life's toughest problems, but Sekaran's Lucky Boy goes a long way toward putting a humanizing face on them. ShelfAwareness"InLucky BoyShanthi Sekaran has fashioned an ambitious, compassionate and intelligent book with new things to say on the timely subjects of motherhood, fertility, class and identity. This is a deeply human and humane novel by a gifted young writer. Tom Barbash, author ofStay Up With Me A gripping, obsessive, character-driven narrative of sacrifice and identity where the lives of two women become forever tangled in the roots of motherhood. Simon Van Booy, award-winning author of The Illusion of Separateness Ambitious in its scope and triumphant in its bold, insightful observation of the flaws and wonders of human nature, Lucky Boy is a gripping tale about two seemingly distant realities intimately seared together by the inescapable forces of motherhood and survival: that of the celebrated upper-crust Silicon Valley visionary entrepreneurs, and that of the lower-class largely overlooked service workers whose underpaid efforts are the real foundation of the Valley's success. Shanthi Sekaran has written an elegantly weaved, heart-stopping novel that highlights the helplessness of money over nature and the futility of technology against true love. You'll have a hard time putting down this book, and when you finish it, you'll have a hard time not thinking, and aching, about it for a long, long time. Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, author of Barefoot Dogs Sekaran unflinchingly steers her novel into beautifully and ruthlessly heartbreaking terrain. Johns Hopkins Magazine Shanthi Sekaran is a tough and tender writer, unafraid to dig deep into the messy places in our hearts and lives. Lucky Boy is wonderful, a gripping read and an important story. Michelle Tea, author of Rent Girl There is something so satisfying about a story that ends as it should. Laura McBride, author ofWe Are Called to Rise Humanizes the issue of illegal immigration...readers will be emotionally invested. Publishers Weekly Praise for The Prayer Room Sekaran is a master of cadence...there s jazz on nearly every page. The New York Times Sekaran has a voice all her own, and it is delightful. Julia Glass, winner of the National Book Award and author of And the Dark Sacred Night A perfect debut novel, ambitious and original. With a sweeping array of emotions and uncanny writing skills, Shanthi Sekaran leaps to the forefront of her literary generation. Stephen Dixon, critically acclaimed author of Frog and Interstate Sekaran s lyrical prose and insightful cultural details make this an absorbing story. Recommended for all fiction collections. Library Journal A probing, often humorous view of a culture clash and its many repercussions. Booklist"show more

About Shanthi Sekaran

Shanthi Sekaran teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts, and is a member of the Portuguese Artists Colony and the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Best New American Voices and Canteen, and online at Zyzzyva and Mutha Magazine. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage. A California native, she lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children."show more