LUCKY Reviews

9781101982242_8f898Shanthi Sekaran’s second novel, Lucky Boy (PRH/Putnam; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) is a hit with reviewers.

About a young Mexican mother placed in detention in the US and the Silicon Valley couple who foster her baby, it is People magazine’s “Book of the Week,” calling it “a page-turner that’s touching and all too real.”

USA Today offers strong praise for both Sekaran’s writing style and characterizations, saying her “prose is swift and engaging, her storytelling confident enough to justify the scenic route” and one character’s “relationship with her mother … could sustain a novel on its own.”

The Dallas News writes it is “engrossing” and “cuts to the human heart of the immigration crisis and the bonds of motherhood.”

Additional Buzz: It is an Indie Next pick for January and tops Flavorwire‘s list of “15 Must-Read Books in January.” InStyle numbers it among the “7 Books You Need to Read in January 2017” while Bustle includes it in their 17 picks of the month, writing it is “a clear-eyed exploration of complex motherly love.”

NPR’s All Things Considered interviews Skkaran. In a profile, PW delves into the book’s origins. Booklist, Kirkus, and Library Journal give it starred reviews.

Holds are strong across most libraries we checked with some systems showing waiting lists ratios as high as 10:1.

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