Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

Book - 2016
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"A heart-wrenching novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth. Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents' chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya's mid-thirties. When she can't get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya's care. As Kavya learns to be a mother--the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being--she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else's child. Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no single obvious hero. Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781101982242
Call Number: F SEKARAN
Characteristics: 472 pages ; 24 cm


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Two very different women reckon with pregnancy, childbirth, and the meaning of family in Berkeley, California. A superbly crafted and engrossing novel.

In this astonishing novel, Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. SFPL's July - August 2018 On The Same Page selection.

In this astonishing novel, Shanthi Sekaran gives voice to the devotion and anguish of motherhood through two women bound together by their love for one boy. Soli, a young undocumented Mexican woman in Berkeley, CA, finds that motherhood offers her an identity in a world where she's otherwise invi... Read More »

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Sep 14, 2019

I found this book at a "dollar" store and it is a gem! Did I miss this on a best-seller list? It should have been there. Wonderful story and the prose is so good! THE PRAYER ROOM is her other book--will definitely read that one.

Nov 20, 2017

A phenomenally well written novel: descriptions vivid, characters developed, as I read, I felt deeply about both the bio-mother and the foster mother: the age old question: what serves the child best, being raised by bio mother who can give him nothing materially, or foster family that has the resources to give the child a secure life with all the attendant attributes.

I was impressed with the bio-mother's courage, resourcefulness, her ability to survive, emotionally and physically: what kept her alive, the memories of her son-her longing, her hope, will it be enough in the long run going home to a Mexico where there is nothing, no hope, no future.

May 18, 2017

Great book about the perils of young Mexicans living in poverty, with few choices, who are willing to take huge risks to live in a land with opportunities. Another theme explores what it truly means to be a parent - particularly, a mother. Beautifully written; I had a hard time putting it down.

May 02, 2017

This is a complex, multilayered story of love and sacrifice. There are some heavy issues here - childlessness, immigration, separation - but through it all the author keeps the reader so involved with the characters that you can't help wanting to know what comes next. I loved it and will definitely look for more from Sekaran!

Apr 08, 2017

A heartbreaking and wonderfully written story about what makes a family involving fertility treatments,foster families, adoption, both documented and undocumented immigrants, la migra. One Lucky boy with two mothers. A little over ambitious and needed some editing.

JCLCherylMY Apr 08, 2017

This well-written novel is primarily a struggle between a biological mother and a foster mother, and the fight between them for one young boy, Ignacio. What makes this fight unusual is that the two mothers never meet. Set in Santa Clara Popocalco in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Berkeley, California, the story is told in alternating chapters between the families of Solimar Castro Valdez and Kavya and Rishi Reddy, second generation Indian-Americans. I found the story compelling, and a fast read. Timely in its subject matter it adds a human face to the immigration conversation and a depth to the plight of undocumented workers, as well as the struggles of a couple who are unable to have children. It's ultimately a story of love and loss circling back to the beginning. This sentence from the novel sums it up beautifully: "This is a story of the wind, rushing through the trees, alongside a train, across the valley floor, billowing the drapes of a bungalow home." Go ahead, read it, and be swept away. It will stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Jan 27, 2017

The audiobook for this one was wonderful and very topical.


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Nov 20, 2017

Immigration: travails of crossing the boarder, falling in love with fellow traveler, rape, a pregnancy
An Indian, infertile couple longing for a child: immigrant mother gets picked up, jailed, child given to foster care; placed in Indian couple's home: bio mother kidnaps her child, returns to Mexico;


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