"A fresh new voice. . ..Deeply-felt emotions that will keep readers turning the pages." --Susan Elizabeth Phillips, New York Times
Mili Rathod hasn't seen her husband in twenty years--not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be--if her husband would just come and claim her.
Bollywood's favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir's tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili's life--cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate's elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev's debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity.
"An impressive debut...Vibrant and exuberantly romantic, Affair is chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux." --NPR.com, A 2014 Best Reads Selection
"This tasty Indian American confection will satisfy female readers of any age...A contemporary, transcontinental romance told with a light touch and lots of sizzle." --Library Journal, A Best Romance of 2014 Selection
"Exquisitely written....The modern Indian-American setting offers a glimpse of a rich culture and enhances the book's overt and subtle messages of love, compassion, hope and common ground. A bright, beautiful gem." --Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
"Proving she is a talent to be reckoned with, Dev delivers an emotionally powerful and poignant story. Dev does a remarkable job developing a unique and moving love story that is brimming with sentiment, sacrifice and hope. Truly unforgettable!" --RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, TOP PICK