Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

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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.

"Sekaran has written a page-turner that’s touching and all too real." —People

“A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love.”—Cristina Henríquez, 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.

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Published January 10, 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. 477 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Two very different women reckon with pregnancy, childbirth, and the meaning of family in Berkeley, California.

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When Soli gives birth to Ignacio, she nicknames him Nacho and discovers her fierce love for her little boy: “Having a child was like turning inside out and exposing to the world the soft pulp of her heart.” Soli is able to take Nacho with her when she returns to her job, but soon after Nacho turn...

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