Lucky Boy

Written by:
Shanthi Sekaran

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
January 2017
16 hours 40 minutes
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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Barbara A

Would have been better to have a male narrator for the male characters. The story dragged somewhat and I had to skip ahead due to simply being bored. I could predict the next scene as it became reputations. The story was good, but not completely believable. It was interesting to ponder how other people live and the choices they are forced to make in order to survive when they are in situations where they have no power, such as illegal immigrants, and other marginalized groups. Life is not fair, and this book portrays that very well, plus the absolute need for faith in oneself, but also in God.

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