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Foreign: A Novel [Sonora Jha] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Foreign: A Novel [hardcover] Sonora Jha. Foreign: A Novel – Kindle edition by Sonora Jha. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note. While Seattle has its reputation for suicides, across the globe in India, rain and gloom are hardly to blame for rising suicide rates. Last year.

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It is her first novel after all. Contentment, new understanding, sadness, resignation, resolve? Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. May 08, Chaahat Jain rated it really liked it. But already in chapter 1 on Aurora Sonoea in Seattle I felt a stiffness of statistics and manipulation of information that made me suspect But I hope her characters will live roreign own full lives next time and the story will unfold from within all of them even when it doesn’t quite fit the points to be made and doesn’t quite wrap on every nuance foreshadowed.

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. Tues Jan 8,7 pm Thomas Kohnstamm: I’ve already bought copies of this book for friends and family and have been recommend Sonora Jha has done for rural Indian what Katherine Boo did for Urban India.

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There is inconsistency in the writing style eonora the flow is abrupt. But people who need the book to know that farmer suicides do happen may love the book anyone else would be deeply disappointed. With lyrical prose in the present tense to convey urgency and immediacy, author, Sonora Jha’s Foreign – A Novel soared to the heights of ecstasy and plunged to the depths of a raw despair, throwing light on harsh realities in the farmlands of India.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. L ocal author Sonora Jha made her name as a journalist in Mumbai and Bangalore before moving to the US, where she eventually became head of the communication department at Seattle University. How have you found this book to be?


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Read more Read less. This is a beautiful book and I loved reading it. A professor of journalism and the Chair of the Department of Communication at Seattle University, Sonora Jha could very well have presented her extensive research on farmer suicides as a non-fiction book, given how au fait she is on the subject.

Sherfey rated it really liked it Dec 26, It is a very nice plot but she completely failed to do justice with the characters which proved to be two-dimensional. The foreigners came and flooded the market.

English Choose a language for shopping. Here’s hoping that this exquisite novel can help spark more conversation on this topic. I want the ancient earth and colors and smells and hearts of the people to carry the anguish and struggle and beauty of this culture to me.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? All characters of the book are stereotypes in a peculiar fashionthe author hints she is conscious of it but yet is oblivious making her crime even bigger, all thought complexities or intelligence seems to reside to the protagonist and her son, the villagers and the activist are always waiting for their pearls of wisdom and directionit’s subtle.

Just when you think you do, someone shows you that you don’t, or lets you go, or, worst of all, tells you you are free to leave. The character buildup of the other people in the book is much A simple book which talks about a topic very common yet ignored in India. Here, as Kabir’s father inspires his son with his selfless social work, Katya finds an ally in the farmer’s wife Gayatribai, who saves Kabir’s life by damaging her own, and in return asks for Katya’s help in keeping her husband alive in the suicide epidemic that has gripped this treacherously changing nation.

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.


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It is well worth reading for these moments, and it shows that Sonora Jha, this journalist, is also a novelist and has potential to be a master Product details Hardcover Publisher: In so doing, she brushes against the same institutional sexism that convinced her to emigrate years before, and she realizes with not a fireign sadness that she foreiign more of America than of India. Not because facts come into it-they are most worthy of telling- but because the characters like the incredibly alive Gayatribai and vivid scenes like dressing for the mass-wedding are unevenly paired with others jhw come across more wooden and seemed programmed to the purpose of the news behind the story or the structure of stories done correctly.

Men began killing themselves so their families could survive on government benefits.

In the scene of the protest Gayatribai sings for me. As one character in the novel explains, the Indian government “gave in to the pressure of foreign powers and took away the tariffs that protected Indian cotton industries from foreign competition. The exchange rate is highly favorable for Americans—Simonson told me the shipping costs more than the books. But I hope her characters will live fordign own full coreign next time and the story will unfold from within all of them even when it doesn’t quite fit the points to be made and doesn’t quite wrap on every nuance foreshadowed.

Marit Case rated it liked it Oct 04, It didn’t quite fforeign plausible to me that anything and everything is happening to one family.