Lucky Boy

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Shanthi Sekaran

Narrated By: Soneela Nankani, Roxana Ortega

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: January 2017

Duration: 16 hours 40 minutes


A gripping tale of adventure and searing reality, Lucky Boy gives voice to two mothers bound together by their love for one lucky boy.

"A fiercely compassionate story about the bonds and the bounds of motherhood and, ultimately, of love." --Cristina HenrĂ­quez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans

Solimar Castro Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the US/Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin's doorstep in Berkeley, CA, dazed by first love found then lost, and pregnant. This was not the plan. But amid the uncertainty of new motherhood and her American identity, Soli learns that when you have just one precious possession, you guard it with your life. For Soli, motherhood becomes her dwelling and the boy at her breast her hearth.

Kavya Reddy has always followed her heart, much to her parents' chagrin. A mostly contented chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, the unexpected desire to have a child descends like a cyclone in Kavya's mid-thirties. When she can't get pregnant, this desire will test her marriage, it will test her sanity, and it will set Kavya and her husband, Rishi, on a collision course with Soli, when she is detained and her infant son comes under Kavya's care. As Kavya learns to be a mother--the singing, story-telling, inventor-of-the-universe kind of mother she fantasized about being--she builds her love on a fault line, her heart wrapped around someone else's child.

Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world. There are no bad guys in this story, no obvious hero. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, author Shanthi Sekaran has taken real life and applied it to fiction; the results are moving and revelatory.


  • Barbara A

    Would have been better to have a male narrator for the male characters. The story dragged somewhat and I had to skip ahead due to simply being bored. I could predict the next scene as it became reputations. The story was good, but not completely believable. It was interesting to ponder how other people live and the choices they are forced to make in order to survive when they are in situations where they have no power, such as illegal immigrants, and other marginalized groups. Life is not fair, and this book portrays that very well, plus the absolute need for faith in oneself, but also in God.