Nominated by:

Stockholm Public Library, Sweden

Publisher of nominated edition:

Kensington Publishing Corp. USA

The Bollywood Bride

Sonali Dev      

2017 Longlist

Ria Parkar is Bollywood’s favorite Ice Princess–beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof–until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin’s wedding offers a chance to diffuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

Ria and Vikram spent childhood summers together, a world away from Ria’s exclusive boarding school in Mumbai. Their friendship grew seamlessly into love–until Ria made a shattering decision. As far as Vikram is concerned, Ria sold her soul for stardom and it’s taken him years to rebuild his life. But beneath his pent-up anger, their bond remains unchanged. And now, among those who know her best, Ria may find the courage to face the secrets she’s been guarding for everyone else’s benefit–and a chance to stop acting and start living.

Rich with details of modern Indian-American life, here is a warm, sexy, and witty story of love, family, and the difficult choices that arise in the name of both.

(from publisher)

About the Author

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 written communication, migrating across the globe, and starting a family while writing for magazines and websites. She now 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.

Librarian’s Comments

Ten years ago Ria moved back to Mumbai to become a Bollywood actor leaving family and past behind in Chicago. Going back for a two week wedding celebration could be just what she needs if it were not for the fact that Vikram, the love of her life and the man she left behind will be there. Although this is a love/romance story, what makes it so moving is Ria’s struggles with her own mental health and the ghost of her own mother’s mental health issues always lurking in the background.

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