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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 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, California, 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, storytelling, 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.

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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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