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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shanthi Sekaran Narrator: Soneela Nankani, Roxana Ortega Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781524703011
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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.

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 obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] extraordinary, necessary novel…Lucky Boy is both timely and timeless.”

    Edan Lepucki, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Full of three-dimensional characters, the book is colorful and entertaining to the end. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry. You’ll question whether you should pick sides. And if you’re like me, you’ll be glad you picked up this penetrating novel.”


  • “This wise and compassionate second novel explores the question of what makes a family—and presents a provocative moral dilemma for readers—as two very different women find their lives linked by their love for the same little boy.”


  • “Remarkably empathetic…deeply compassionate…Delivers penetrating insights into the intangibles of motherhood and indeed, all humanity.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Sekaran’s second novel humanizes the issue of illegal immigration…Sekaran has made sure to tell a story without obvious villains (except for government functionaries)…Soli and Kavya are both given sympathetic treatment thanks to the textured rendering of their lives, and readers will be emotionally invested.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017
  • An Indie Next List Pick for January 2017
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About the Author

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 Best New American Voices, Canteen, and online. Her first novel, The Prayer Room, was published by MacAdam Cage.

About the Narrators

Soneela Nankani, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a classically trained actress, voice-over artist, and singer who has had roles in film and on television. She has worked with the award–winning Sojourn Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

Roxana Ortega is an actress and comedian based in Los Angeles. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and first began performing in the Bay Area. She has appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, including Evan Almighty and Miss Congeniality 2. Her television credits include Samantha Who, The Shield, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crossing Jordan, and Journeyman.