Naperville Author First to Be Published on Kaling Imprint

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Sonali Dev

In December actress-writer Mindy Kaling launched Mindy’s Book Studio, an Amazon Studios imprint that focuses on promoting diverse voices. And the first book she selected to publish is The Vibrant Years by Naperville’s very own Sonali Dev.

‘The Vibrant Years’ by Sonali Dev

“I think Mindy is one of the best comedic writers of today,” Dev says. “When I wrote the book, I had no idea she was getting into publishing. It’s an absolute dream come true.” In this, Dev’s ninth novel, the USA Today bestselling author incorporated more humor than in her previous writings. “Comedy helped me cope during the pandemic, so I wanted to make people laugh more than I was doing,” she explains. “This is my first laugh-out-loud book.”

The Vibrant Years features three generations of unconventional, ambitious women who embark on a shared journey of self-discovery. “This book is everything I’ve always wanted to say about being a woman,” Dev says, “especially a South Asian American older woman who is still incredibly sexy and very much intent on living a full life.”


Photos courtesy of Sonali Dev