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 illage. Her mother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight week, 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 ichigan to secure a divorce for his younge rother. 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. Open-hearted yet complex, she ’ s trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili ’ s life—cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her classmates ’ s elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.
Heartfelt, whimsical, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev ’ s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern ndia and a deeply onest story of heartach, in all its richnes.