Immigration and Infertility: Talking with Shanthi Sekaran
I met Shanthi Sekaran by chance in March at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP). When she told me she had a novel coming out in January 2017, I asked her what it was about, and as she told me I felt the strange sensation of having my two worlds converge.
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Sekaran’s novel, Lucky Boy, revolves around not just one but two complex and fraught issues—immigration and infertility—explored through the interwoven lives of its main characters. The inner lives and deepest desires of a professional South Asian American couple unable to have a biological child unfold alongside those of a vivacious and courageous undocumented young woman from Mexico, whose perilous crossing into the United States marks the beginning of her life in America, and of her life as a mother-to-be to her baby, Ignacio.
A central conflict in Lucky Boy—the
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