Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I finished reading this book two days ago and it is still with me. From the very first page it was obvious to me that Shanthi Sekaran took the time to research the topics and cultures she explores in this book. She writes about Mexico not as a stereotypical version we often see in American media. She talks about it through her characters and their version of life in a small town in Mexico. She also explores Indian-American culture with the same sensitivity and without the stereotypes. She takes us through the foster system, immigration detention centers, and the life of an undocumented woman in the United States in detail. Then, she goes beyond these countries, cultures, and legal institutions to make the reader feel the emotions of a foster parent, a couple who is unable to conceive, and a mother who has lost her baby. This book is beautifully written and is extremely topical. I highly recommend this book!
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