Author Rec: Sonali Dev
The first time I meet Sonali Dev, I actually hadn’t read her books yet. I was wandering around at RWA’s NYC signing and stopped at her table. I’d recognized her name from a review I’d read on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. She was lovely to talk to and I told her that I was excited to read her books someday. The next time I meet her was at Baltimore Book Festival in 2016 and by then, I’d read all of her books and gushed about the ARC of A Change of Heart I had literally finished a few days before. I know going into a Sonali Dev book that I’m going to sob. I have to be in the right mood for one of her books. She provokes such poignant emotions with her writing. The cultures she describes are vivid and colorful. She is one of the most creative authors I’ve ever read.
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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 Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, and is a RITA® finalist. Shelf Awareness calls her “Not only one of the best but one of the bravest romance novelists working today.”
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