Author Shanthi Sekaran presents her book LUCKY BOY 9-20-17 at 7pm

LUCKY BOY is the moving novel about two unforgettable women in Northern California: an undocumented Mexican woman, Soli Castro-Valdez, and an Indian‐American woman, Kavya Reddy, who longs to become a mother. Both are bound together by their love for the same child. Sekaran's vivid story – begins in Mexico, follows young Soli's perilous journey to El Norte, then to Berkeley where she manages to find work, and then, suddenly, trapped inside a nightmarish detention center. Ripped from her child, Soli must muster her daring and creativity to find a way out.

It’s also a story about California right now – who does the work and who has the power. With the regime of Donald Trump, and the increasing demonization of immigrants, Lucky Boy is a story that must be heard - a window into the hearts and lives of millions of people who live in the shadows, risking their very existence to survive.

A native of California, Shanthi was inspired by her own upbringing as a child of immigrants, by the news stories she was hearing about undocumented mothers losing their children when they were put into detention centers, and by living in Berkeley, a place that for all of its progressiveness is also incredibly privileged.

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