Lucky Boy

Lucky Boy

eBook - 2016
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Lucky Boy "A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love." -- Lucky Boy is a moving and revelatory ode to the ever-changing borders of love.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Publishing Group, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101982259
110198225X
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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We know we are in for a unique treat when a novel begins, “CLARA, PATRON SAINT OF TELEVISION AND EYE DISEASE, stood three feet tall…” Shanthi Sekaran’s sometimes comical but mostly heartbreaking novel tells the stories of two women whose lives grow increasingly connected and tangled through their... 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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