Shanthi Sekaran's new novel is Lucky Boy. From her Q&A with Caroline Leavitt:
I always say every book starts with a yearning. What was yours?Learn more about the author and her work at Shanthi Sekaran's website.
My earliest emotional impulses around this book centered around curiosity. I’d heard about undocumented mothers having their children adopted away from them and I was intensely curious about what the actors in these situations were thinking. I suppose I yearned to get into the heads of people like Rishi and Kavya and Soli (my characters.) I wanted to get past intention—past the benevolent intentions of the adoptive parents, and understand how they came to believe that they could justifiably adopt the children of living and able mothers. I knew that their actions were driven by love, not hostility or hate, but I didn’t understand that love. I didn’t understand how their love could justify...[read on]
Writers Read: Shanthi Sekaran (June 2009).