Sonora Jha awarded the Barry Lopez Fellowship at Playa! Read more here.

Finalist for The Hindu Prize for Literature, 2014.

Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for 2013.

Finalist for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for 2013.  

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Praise for Sonora Jha's debut novel, FOREIGN


"Sonora Jha’s riveting and ambitious debut novel Foreign dazzles with its sweeping international perspective, but it’s the novel’s heartbreaking and intimate core that is its greatest achievement." Peter Mountford, The Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism

"A heartrending, heartwarming tale of maternal love battling the allure and despair of the suicide fields. A sparkling debut." Madhusree Mukerjee, Churchill's Secret War

"Sonora Jha's heroine is American in India, Indian in America; single and a mother; in love but stubbornly independent; human and female -- in other words, she is always foreign. In its telling of one woman's collision with the desperations of her homeland,  this extraordinary debut novel offers the intimacy of the contemporary while sustaining us in a narrative that is sweeping, beautifully written, revelatory, and utterly absorbing." Honor Moore, The Bishop's Daughter


Sonora Jha

Sonora Jha was born in India, where she had a successful career as a journalist in Mumbai and Bangalore before moving to Singapore and then the United States to earn a Ph.D. in Political Communication. She is now a Professor of Journalism in the Department of Communication at Seattle University and Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences. She is the 2-016-18 Writer in Residence at Richard Hugo House. Her first novel, Foreign, sprung from her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer. Sonora lives in Seattle.

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The Wolf Who Cried Boy (Novel) 

Oliver Harding, a middle-aged English professor struggling to stay relevant, becomes slowly obsessed with a French Muslim boy. Adil Rizvi has come to stay with his young estranged aunt in Seattle until things quiet down in his hometown Toulouse, where he was suspected of being radicalized by a terrorist cell. Oliver, deep in a secret lust for Adil's aunt, the fiercely independent Ruhaba Khan, a law professor who studies the incarceration of Black America, must strive to reconcile his revulsion for the worlds Adil and Ruhaba come from and his fear for the world he believes they may take over. The three unlikely companions are whipped up in a frenzy of events in a politically divided America that lead to an active shooter on an American campus and a terrible realization of all that is irreconcilable in human nature. "The Wolf Who Cried Boy" is an unflinching story that journeys across three continents to uncover loneliness in unexpected places and madness in all of humankind.

To Raise a Feminist Son: Essays on Masculinity and Motherhood

To Raise a Feminist Son is a collection of linked essays about what it takes (the triumphs, the missteps, the heartaches) to raise a young man who "gets it" and actively works at being part of the solution. Each essay begins with the title of the book (eg. "To Raise a Feminist Son, Go to Battle with Your Country, To Raise...Make Peace with Your Mother; To Raise...Get Out of His Way, etc.) The sharp, vulnerable, and clear-eyed essays tell about my decision to raise my boy away from the influences of patriarchy in India but within the complications of race and toxic masculinity in America, as a feminist immigrant single mother. The book is a blend of personal narrative, first-hand reporting and cultural criticism.