Waiting on Wednesday – Spotlight on Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.
My “Waiting On” Wednesday selection for this week is Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. I was drawn to this book because it just sounds like it’s going to be a moving and emotional read. I also think it’s going to be a timely read based on how much immigration, and especially illegal immigration, has been in the news recently.
ETA: I actually just won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway last week so I’m stoked that I’ll get to read this sooner rather than later. Thanks to Goodreads, the publisher, and the author!
by Shanthi Sekaran
Publication Date: January 10, 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.
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.
Check out this Advance Praise for Lucky Boy!
“A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love.” –Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans
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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your WoW selection for this week. 🙂
Oh my! This sounds like it would break my heart. My cousin was a foster parent with intention to adopt the two kids in her care but they were sent back to live with their maternal grandparents. Broke her heart something terrible. And then I have a friend who got pregnant at 16. She gave her son up for adoption, but she’s still in touch with the adoptive family and her son. They visit with each other several times a year. It’s really a remarkable situation. Having just became a mother myself I have a new appreciation for these situations. Hope you enjoy this one!
Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
Yes, I think this one definitely has the potential to be a heartbreaker. Thanks!
This sounds like it will be a beautiful and, as you said, moving story. Great choice! I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks, I hope so too!
Ooh, I just received an ARC of this in the mail the other day – I hadn’t heard of it, though, so I had no idea what to expect, but it really does sound like a great read. It definitely does sound timely, and I’m looking forward to it. That’s great that you won a copy as well, I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
Hopefully we’ll both enjoy it 🙂
I’ve never heard of this book before, but it sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it!
Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles
Thanks! I hadn’t heard of it prior to seeing the Goodreads giveaway for it, but the blurb just sounded so good I couldn’t resist.
I’ve got a copy of this one too, and I can’t wait to read it!
Yay, hope we both enjoy it 🙂
Oh my, this book! It breaks my heart just reading the blurb and makes me feel hopeful. Is that weird?
I felt the exact same way! That’s one of the reasons why I’m so intrigued by this one.
Hope you enjoy it! And it sounds really good and a diverse book. Great pick!
Thanks! Hopefully it will be as amazing as it sounds.