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Summer Reading 2019: Lucky Boy

Here's why Elizabeth suggests Lucky Boy...

Lucky Boy is a complex and emotional story that breaks the mold many others follow—there is no “good” or “bad”, “right” or "wrong”.  Told from the points of view of two women in California, Lucky Boy addresses issues around class, family, nationality, motherhood, immigration and belonging. Lucky Boy is a wonderful, thought-provoking, and timely book!

About the book

Lucky Boy: A Novel
by Shanthi Sekaran

Sekaran’s second novel (after The Prayer Room) humanizes the issue of illegal immigration. Born in a small, impoverished village in Mexico, teenage Soli makes the dangerous journey across the border to the U.S. and ends up in Berkeley, Calif., living with her cousin, Silvia, and working as a housekeeper to the well-to-do Cassidy family. In a parallel story, Kavya Reddy and her techie husband, Rishi, frustrated at their inability to get pregnant, decide to adopt. Having become pregnant en route to the U.S., Soli gives birth to a little boy she nicknames Nacho. Arrested, she is sent to immigrant detention and Nacho is placed in foster care, where he eventually comes to the attention of Kavya and Rishi, who attempt to adopt the boy. But they find there is a steep learning curve in becoming instant parents. From her cell in Washington State, Soli fights the Reddys for custody of her son. With the odds stacked against her, she is left with no choice but to make a desperate bid for freedom for herself and her son. Sekaran has made sure to tell a story without obvious villains (except for government functionaries). - Publishers Weekly

"More than a great love story. It's both a lighthearted and deeply impassioned inspirational lesson about life" --Chicago Tribune

"The literary equivilant of [a] hot buttery mashed potato..." --Independent

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About the reader

  Elizabeth Harris, Associate Director of College Counseling

This is Elizabeth's first summer read recommendation!