Lucky Baby: A Novel by Meredith Efken (Howard Books, April 13, 2010), 293 pages
Meg Lindsay lacks one thing: Her mother’s approval. From the outside, her life would be considered successful. She’s fulfilled by her work in the orchestra she helped found, and she’s married to a successful physicist.
Lucky Baby is almost unbearably sad in the beginning; I was bawling in the first 20 pages!
I love, love, LOVE the imagery in this book. It really fits the story — helps flesh out the story. The magical realism (swirling colors, mysterious characters, and more) is a perfect fit.
This book is masterfully crafted and beautiful.
More than being just a great book, though, this story touched me. This is one of those stories that, I think, will become a part of who I am. Part of that, I’m sure, is the China aspect; I love China. Another part is the adoption aspect. But really, the book is more than the sum of its parts.
In sum: I love this book.
About the author
Meredith Efken (blog) is the author of the SAHM I Am series. She and her husband live with their two daughters in Nebraska. One of their daughters was adopted from China, and it was that experience that inspired this book.
Because Efken lives in Nebraska — yay! — this book counts as a stop on the Literary Road Trip.
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