Something between Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction.
2. Coffee or tea lover?
Always tea. Darjeeling with ginger and milk. The original chai.
3. Name one thing on your bucket list.
Making it to Everest Base Camp.
4. Do you have pets?
We have a poodle mix named Simba. Although, I suspect we’re the pets.
5. When I wake up every morning I …Make myself a cup of chai, find some biscuits (cookies) to dunk in it, and spend some time with myself.
6. Weirdest or unique thing you own.
My most prized posession is my father-in-law’s portfolio of sketches from his art school days. He was a very talented caricaturist.
7. Do you have any hobbies or particular skills?
I’m an above average henna artist and I can cook just about anything.
8. What do you hope readers will experience or gain when reading your stories?
Complete immersion into my world, so much so that it’s painful to leave behind. I want readers to fall in love, to laugh and cry and yearn. And maybe even have an a-ha moment or two.
Meet Sonali Dev
Sonali Dev’s first literary work was a play about mistaken identities performed at her neighborhood Diwali extravaganza in Mumbai. She was eight years old. Despite this early success, Sonali spent the next few decades getting degrees in architecture and writing, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. With the advent of her first gray hair her mad love for telling stories returned full force, and she now combines it with her insights into Indian culture to conjure up stories that make a mad tangle with her life as supermom, domestic goddess, and world traveler.
Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her very patient and often amused husband and two teens who demand both patience and humor, and the world’s most perfect dog.
Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s lists of Best Books of the year. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance 2014, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. She was hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’.
A Change of Heart
Dr. Nikhil ‘Nic’ Joshi had it all—marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen’s heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala’s story as absurd, but there’s something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.
Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters—her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.
Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev’s page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding—an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
Open internationally. Ends 2/28/17
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