Finalist for The Hindu Prize For Literature for 2013.
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 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 and the Chair of the Department of Communication at Seattle University. Her first novel, Foreign, has sprung from her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer. Sonora lives in Seattle.