Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

eBook - 2017
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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 AmericansEighteen 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.
Publisher: 2017
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 802 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9781101982259

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After making the harrowing journey across the Mexican border, Soli discovers she's pregnant. When she's put into detention, her son is taken away from her and placed in foster care. Soli's battle to reclaim her son and his foster mother's fight to keep him make this a heartrending page turner, bu... Read More »


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FoxLarkin
Nov 20, 2017

A phenomenally well written novel: descriptions vivid, characters developed, as I read, I felt deeply about both the bio-mother and the foster mother: the age old question: what serves the child best, being raised by bio mother who can give him nothing materially, or foster family that has the resources to give the child a secure life with all the attendant attributes.

I was impressed with the bio-mother's courage, resourcefulness, her ability to survive, emotionally and physically: what kept her alive, the memories of her son-her longing, her hope, will it be enough in the long run going home to a Mexico where there is nothing, no hope, no future.

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lizardi
May 18, 2017

Great book about the perils of young Mexicans living in poverty, with few choices, who are willing to take huge risks to live in a land with opportunities. Another theme explores what it truly means to be a parent - particularly, a mother. Beautifully written; I had a hard time putting it down.

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bibliovore
May 02, 2017

This is a complex, multilayered story of love and sacrifice. There are some heavy issues here - childlessness, immigration, separation - but through it all the author keeps the reader so involved with the characters that you can't help wanting to know what comes next. I loved it and will definitely look for more from Sekaran!

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njon38
Apr 08, 2017

A heartbreaking and wonderfully written story about what makes a family involving fertility treatments,foster families, adoption, both documented and undocumented immigrants, la migra. One Lucky boy with two mothers. A little over ambitious and needed some editing.

JCLCherylMY Apr 08, 2017

This well-written novel is primarily a struggle between a biological mother and a foster mother, and the fight between them for one young boy, Ignacio. What makes this fight unusual is that the two mothers never meet. Set in Santa Clara Popocalco in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Berkeley, California, the story is told in alternating chapters between the families of Solimar Castro Valdez and Kavya and Rishi Reddy, second generation Indian-Americans. I found the story compelling, and a fast read. Timely in its subject matter it adds a human face to the immigration conversation and a depth to the plight of undocumented workers, as well as the struggles of a couple who are unable to have children. It's ultimately a story of love and loss circling back to the beginning. This sentence from the novel sums it up beautifully: "This is a story of the wind, rushing through the trees, alongside a train, across the valley floor, billowing the drapes of a bungalow home." Go ahead, read it, and be swept away. It will stay with you long after you have closed the book.

Jan 27, 2017

The audiobook for this one was wonderful and very topical.

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FoxLarkin
Nov 20, 2017

Immigration: travails of crossing the boarder, falling in love with fellow traveler, rape, a pregnancy
An Indian, infertile couple longing for a child: immigrant mother gets picked up, jailed, child given to foster care; placed in Indian couple's home: bio mother kidnaps her child, returns to Mexico;

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