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Title:
A change of heart
ISBN:
9781496705747
Physical Description:
viii, 328 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes reading group guide.
Summary:
Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all-marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed. Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim- she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's story as absurd, but there's something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts. Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters-her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything for; but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication. Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding-an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.
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Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of the Year ● NPR Great Reads ● RUSA Reading List Longlist Selection ● RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award Winner

"A rising talent." --Booklist

Dr. Nikhil 'Nic' Joshi had it all--marriage, career, purpose. Until, while working for Doctors Without Borders in a Mumbai slum, his wife, Jen, discovered a black market organ transplant ring. Before she could expose the truth, Jen was killed.

Two years after the tragedy, Nic is a cruise ship doctor who spends his days treating seasickness and sunburn and his nights in a boozy haze. On one of those blurry evenings on deck, Nic meets a woman who makes a startling claim: she received Jen's heart in a transplant and has a message for him. Nic wants to discount Jess Koirala's story as absurd, but there's something about her reckless desperation that resonates despite his doubts.

Jess has spent years working her way out of a nightmarish life in Calcutta and into a respectable Bollywood dance troupe. Now she faces losing the one thing that matters--her young son, Joy. She needs to uncover the secrets Jen risked everything f∨ but the unforeseen bond that results between her and Nic is both a lifeline and a perilous complication.

Delving beyond the surface of modern Indian-American life, acclaimed author Sonali Dev's page-turning novel is both riveting and emotionally rewarding--an extraordinary story of human connection, bravery, and hope.

Praise for Sonali Dev and Her Novels


"Sonali Dev is a gifted writer who creates characters that capture the heart... I can't wait for Sonali's next book." --Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

"Exquisitely written... A bright, beautiful gem." -- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, on The Bollywood Bride

"Dev's prose captures the rich and unique beauty of Indian culture while telling a story that is complex, culturally accurate, and full of emotion." -- Booklist on The Bollywood Bride

"Vibrant and exuberantly romantic...chock full of details that reflect India's social and cultural flux." --NPR.com on A Bollywood Affair


Author Notes

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. With the advent of her first gray hair her 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 is an active member of RWA and WFWA. She 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. Visit her on the web at sonalidev.com.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Just as one heart leads to another-literally and metaphorically-in Dev's seductive and complex story of love lost and then found, one layer of mystery leads to the next. Two years after Dr. Nikhil "Nic" Joshi was held a helpless witness to his wife Jen's rape and murder in a Mumbai slum, he is literally and metaphorically at sea: he's awash in Jack Daniels and afloat on a luxury ocean liner as the ship's physician. Both the whiskey and the travel help him escape from the horrific nightmares that mock his loving memories of his wife. As if to further defile his tortured heart, he starts to see fleeting glimpses of Jen. It's not a ghost but a woman, Jess, the recipient of Jen's transplanted heart. Jess is on a mission-driven by her new heart-to bring those responsible for Jen's death to justice, and she needs Nic's help. Dev follows them through Chicago, Mumbai, and the Caribbean as they work to bust a black market organ-transplant gang, and soon their hearts entwine. Dev moves so expertly through the subtle layers of the tender love story that Nic and Jess-and even Jen-will hold a permanent place in readers' hearts. Agent: Claudia Cross, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Mourning his wife two years after she was murdered for uncovering a black-market organ transplant ring, Dr. Nikhil Joshi drinks himself to oblivion. When he meets Jess Koirala, a Bollywood dancer who claims to have received Jen's heart and with it, messages from Jen, Nic, desperate for any connection to his dead wife, forgoes rationality and agrees to help Jess find the evidence Jen collected on the organ ring. But closed-off Jess might be hiding more than just her past. She, too, has suffered, and she will do anything to protect her son from the stranger threatening to kill him. Afraid to live yet desperate to heal, Nic and Jess hurt each other to keep their own pain at bay, yet that affinity ultimately solidifies their bond. Dev (The Bollywood Bride, 2015) deftly navigates the complex themes of bereavement, motherhood, and how the culture of India exists in America. All the while, she swathes tough, fully realized characters in delicate prose and tackles tragedy with both grittiness and sensitivity. Most impressively, Dev manages to keep the vibrant spirit of the late Jen alive, be it through her diary entries or the way other characters talk about her. With richly rendered characters, heavy topics, and soulful writing, this is stunning all around.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2016 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Dr. Nikhil Joshi is still an emotional wreck two years after witnessing the brutal murder of his wife, Jen, a doctor who was investigating a black-market organ transplant ring in Mumbai. He's been barely functioning in an alcoholic haze as a physician on a cruise ship. Now, a beautiful young woman called Jess tells him that she received Jen's heart in a transplant-and claims to have a message from Jen. How can Nikhil believe her? What does she want from him? Yet their mutual attraction grows as the two get caught up in a complicated mission to find the truth about Jen's killers. Their quest takes them from America to India as suspense slowly builds toward a satisfying if not surprising ending. The author of A Bollywood Affair and The Bollywood Bride, Dev takes on a tough subject here: the appalling abuse of the poor, especially unprotected young women, by merciless thugs. -VERDICT This combination of steamy romance and crime thriller with an issue-driven plot sometimes reads like two separate novels. Still, the triumph of love and hope over tragedy and despair provides an uplifting counterpoint to the dark heart of this work. [See Prepub Alert, 3/28/16.]-Leslie -Patterson, Rehoboth, MA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.