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 debut novel, A Bollywood Affair, was on Library Journal’s and NPR’s list of Best Books of 2014, it won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, and is a RITA® finalist, RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. It was recommended by USA Today as a ‘must-read romance’ and hailed by NPR.org as a ‘stunning debut’. She is represented by the wonderful Claudia Cross at Folio Literary Agency.
Praise for A Bollywood Affair
“A Bollywood Affair is an impressive debut and a charming contemporary Indian fairytale…Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India’s social and cultural flux.” — NPR.org
“Debut author Sonali Dev writes a beautiful love story in A Bollywood Affair. It’s all very romantic and made me smile and cry. One of the best romances I’ve read this year.” –USA Today
“Dev’s heartfelt debut novel is rich in scenes and images illuminating Indian culture, leaving readers with a greater understanding and appreciation of Indian traditions while beautifully capturing the struggle between familial duty and self-discovery.” – Booklist
“This tasty Indian American confection will satisfy readers of any age who would enjoy a contemporary, transcontinental romance told with a light touch and lots of sizzle.” – Library Journal
“It is a true joy when a fresh new voice enters the genre, so make note of the name Sonali Dev! Based on this marvelous debut, Dev is set to become a star. Filled with warmth and completely unforgettable characters, this occasionally poignant story explores what happens when best laid plans go awry. An Absolute winner from begining to end, this spellbinding tale grabs your heart and never lets go!” – RT BookReviews
“Sonali Dev is a fresh new voice in romance. A child bride who’s all grown up, a sexy Bollywood director, and deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages. A Bollywood Affair has it all.” –Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times Bestseller
“Deeply romantic and emotional, with characters I fell in love with, A Bollywood Affair is simply unputdownable. It’s sexy, it’s dramatic, but most of all, it’s a sweet, hot love story that made me sigh and smile and want to read it all over again as soon as I turned the last page.” -Nalini Singh, New York Times Bestseller
“A Bollywood Affair was one of the best books I’ve read this entire year. The characters are so richly drawn, the writing is utterly breathtaking. She has a voice like none other. I highly recommend you read this book. I’ve read it twice. And I never do that.” – Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestseller
“A delightful debut packed with complex characters, deep emotions and just the right touch of humor. A tale of love, loss and second chances.” –Shobhan Bantwal, author of The Dowry Bride
“In this enthralling tale of romantic complications Sonali Dev not only entertains but provides new insight into the human condition. A must read.” –Mingmei Yip, author of The Nine Fold Heaven
“As intricate as a henna tattoo and as sweet as gulab jamun, Sonali Dev’s debut novel takes its inspiration from the world of big Indian cinema…With a setup as far-fetched and irresistible as that of a classic Bollywood musical, this witty confection is sure to delight.” — Shelf Awareness
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