April 24, 2013
Department Chair Sonora
Jha has just 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.
Foreign has been
released only in India and is currently available for purchase at this link.
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.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the
largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate
majors, 37 minors, and 7 advanced degrees.
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