Sonora Jha was born in India, where she had a successful career as Chief of Metro Bureau and Special Correspondent for The Times of India 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 debut novel, Foreign, is literary fiction based on the true stories of farmers' suicides in Vidarbha and has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013. Her book, which straddles the distinctly different worlds of Seattle and Vidarbha, is a poignant account of a single farmer’s struggle with fate, circumstances, inequities and a flawed economic and social structure. Yet the story is universal and can be applied to any man who tills the soil for a living.

It brings together her work as a journalist, an academic, and a creative writer. Sonora lives in Seattle.

Read the full review here.

Others on the shortlist include Anees Salim (Vanity Bagh), Manu Joseph (The Illicit Happiness of Other People), Manjul Bajaj (Another Man's Wife and Other Stories) and Amandeep Sandhu (Roll of Honour).

Information from http://sonorajha.com.

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