The Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group has acquired the rights of memoir “Can’t Is Not An Option: My Story” in which Haley, the first woman Indian American Governor, will share many previously untold stories about her unique path to electoral success, as well as her vision for the country and the Republican Party.
World rights were acquired by Sentinel president and publisher Adrian Zackheim from Robert B Barnett of Williams & Connolly, who has represented among others US President Barack Obama and several of his predecessors George W Bush and Bill Clinton.
“Governor Haley has already had a fascinating journey. She’s part of an all-American success story — a hardworking immigrant family that overcame great obstacles and proved that the American dream is still possible for anyone.
And she is clearly a rising star in national politics,” Zackheim said in a statement.
Haley, 39, became America’s youngest governor in January 2011, after a contentious primary and general election.
Born and raised in Bamberg, South Carolina, Haley’s parents, immigrants from Punjab, had left behind an upper-middle-class lifestyle to give their children more opportunities.
As the only Indian-Americans in a rural town, the Randhawas experienced discrimination but were able to start a successful small business.
Nikki began doing bookkeeping and taxes for her parents in middle school, and her experience of fighting government red tape would later influence her decision to join the GOP and enter politics.
Haley won a seat in the South Carolina General Assembly in 2004 and began challenging the state’s old guard politicians for reforms, most notably a rule requiring legislators to vote on all bills on the record.
She was reelected in 2006 and 2008 before running for Governor in 2010.