Sonora Jha publishes first novel

May 20, 2013

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Communication Department Chair Sonora Jha has published her first novel, Foreign (Random House India, 2013). With a backdrop of real-life news stories about farmers' suicides in India, the book follows the story of a mother and son who are thrown into the crisis of a world that they know little about.

"When the son runs away to India to find his father, the mother seeks to bring him back and in the process finds herself caught up in the suicide epidemic among Indian farmers. To find her way out, she has to begin to care about these people yet get out of their way," Jha said.

Jha, who was born in India, was a journalist in India and Singapore before coming to the United States. She received her PhD from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University and joined the faculty in 2003. Her scholarship and research focus on the intersection of journalism, social movements, and the Internet as well as on issues of communication justice.

Jha plans to discuss her book in Seattle when the book becomes available in the United States later this year. For updates and to learn more about the book, visit the author website.

- Laura Paskin, College of Arts and Sciences