Shanthi Sekaran discusses her new novel, Lucky Boy.
Praise for Lucky Boy
“Both timely and timeless, depicting the comedy and delights of the world as well as its brutalities and injustices. . . . It swept me away.”—Edan Lepucki, author of California
"With wit, empathy and a page-turning plot, the novel stirs ethical questions in the reader that the author rightly refuses to answer. Sekaran has written a tender, artful story of the bravery of loving in the face of certain grief." —San Francisco Chronicle
“A heartfelt and moving novel that challenges our notions of motherhood and the true meaning of home.”—Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans
About Lucky Boy
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.