CAFE SOCIETY: SHANTHI SEKARAN
Our Cafe Society series features contemporary female writers in a cafe-style setting.
California native Sekaran (The Prayer Room) has written a heart-wrenching second novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together. From rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon valley, the author takes real life and applies it to fiction as the two mothers are bound together in a moving and revelatory journey.
Solimar Castro-Valdez is eighteen and drunk on optimism when she embarks on a perilous journey across the U.S./Mexican border. Weeks later she arrives on her cousin’s doorstep in Berkeley, pregnant and dazed by first love found then lost. When Kavya Reddy, a chef at a UC Berkeley sorority house, can’t get pregnant, she and her husband Rishi are set on a collision course with Soli, whose infant son comes under Kavya’s care when she is detained. Though there is no obvious hero, Lucky Boy is an emotional journey that will leave you certain of the redemptive beauty of this world.