Nikki Haley publishing her memoir

Arun Kumar   |   Washington


Vol 2 | Issue 26

South Carolina's Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley is all set to publish her memoir just shy of her 40th birthday.

Her book, "Can't is Not an Option", is expected to hit shelves in January 2012 and will be published by Sentinel, a conservative imprint within Penguin Group.

Born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents Jan 20, 1972, Haley is America's youngest governor.

Positive vibes: Nikki Haley’s book ‘Can't is Not an Option’, is expected to hit shelves in January 2012 (Photo courtesy: Office of the Governor)

In March, Haley, 39, said in a published interview that in her memoir "she would cover everything from growing up in rural South Carolina to her contentious 2010 campaign, when she faced - and denied - allegations of infidelity".

Though the Republican governor says she's not seeking higher office, her literary agent Robert Barnett's past clients include Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Haley's new book will give the first-term Republican a chance to reveal behind-the-scenes details of her once unlikely election as South Carolina's chief executive, how she handled the state's rough-and-tumble politics and her life as a first-generation American, said.

"A lot of people wanted to know what happened in the campaign," she was quoted as telling The Post and Courier in April.

During the primary season, Haley, a married mother of two, also shouldered accusations of marital infidelity.

Haley told the Post in April that people told her they wanted to know more about the impact those accusations had on her family.

"They just wanted to know how we won," she said then. "When things got really tough, how did I handle it?"

The book also is expected to cover Haley's vision for the country and the Republican Party, according to her publishing house.

Sentinel President and Publisher Adrian Zackheim called Haley an "all-American success story" and "a rising star in national politics".  - IANS

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