Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran audiobook

Lucky Boy

By Shanthi Sekaran
Read by Soneela Nankani  and Roxana Ortega

Penguin Audio 9781101982242
16.68 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781524703011

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017

An Indie Next List Pick for January 2017

A BookPage Top Pick for January 2017

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.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[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.” Amazon.com
“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.” BookPage
“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

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Author

Author Bio: Shanthi Sekaran

Author Bio: Shanthi Sekaran

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 16.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English