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L ocal author Sonora Jha made her name as a sojora in Mumbai and Bangalore before moving to the US, where she eventually became head of the communication department at Seattle University.

Jha is quickly becoming a fixture in Seattle’s reading scene. Even Amazon only carries a sonira copies of Foreign in stock at any given time, and only used editions are available for purchase, often for more than cover price.

How can that possibly be? Blame international copyright law. Foreign was published jhq Random House India last year; though Jha has confirmed that there’s some talk about publishing the novel in the United States, the only person who can get his hands on it in bulk is Elliott Bay Book Company events coordinator Rick Simonson, who’s using his international industry connections to have cartons of Foreign shipped to the store on a regular basis.

The exchange rate is highly favorable for Americans—Simonson told me the shipping costs more than the books. The delay in international shipping means Simonson can’t keep the book on Elliott Bay’s shelves. So is Foreign worth its weight in postage?


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Though it suffers from some debut-novel stiffness, particularly in its opening chapters, Foreign benefits from the propulsion of Jha’s journalism background to overcome any awkward passages. This fiction is rooted firmly in truth. The protagonist of ForeignKatya, is a Seattle academic whose son disappears during a trip to India. When she travels back to the nation of forwign birth to investigate his absence, she’s forced to reenter the orbit of froeign boy’s father and familiarize herself with the local farming community, which is suffering through a crisis of its own.

Foreign by Sonora Jha

At readings, Jha has confirmed that Foreign began as a nonfiction account of a grave situation in India. Globalization has ruined the once-lucrative profession of cotton farming. As one character in the novel explains, the Indian government “gave in uha the pressure of foreign powers and took away the tariffs that protected Indian cotton industries from foreign competition. The foreigners came and flooded the market.

And sonoar, when the local cotton yield was poor, the price of local cotton plummeted. Men began killing themselves so their families could survive on government benefits.

Foreign: By Sonora Jha

And more thanin India. Katya helps the community in Vidarbha protest this terrible new status quo. In so doing, she brushes against the same institutional sexism that convinced her to emigrate years before, and she realizes with not a little sadness that she is more of America than of India.

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In the farming community, they have a hard time believing there can be such a thing as “a village named Seattle” where “it rains nine months in a year People celebrate when the sun comes out, just like we celebrate when the rain comes down.

Can you imagine that, my brothers? Once Jha establishes the framework of her forekgn and climbs deep into her book’s activist heart, Foreign becomes a kind of thriller.

You know Katya can’t resolve the suicides or even fix the system that causes them, but as the character’s conscience aligns with the debut novelist’s confidence, Foreign gathers an irresistible momentum. Books Jan 7, Want to read her novel?

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