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As a writer, I’m painfully aware of the bones of stories when I read. Want to Read saving…. Open Preview See a Problem? The story revolves around a women named katyayini and her son and how their lives turn upside down when one fine day her son decides to run away to a foreign land to meet his father whom he had never known.

Kundan Jha rated it really liked it Sep 21, The statistics are mind-numbing, but the author’s eloquence brings dire reality to pulsating life through the characters of Bajirao and Gayatri, villagers who offer shelter to the American visitors, Ammar, the social work activist organizing farmers to protest, and Mr. I want to know this woman! 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.

In the scene of the protest Gayatribai sings for me. Christen rated it liked it Jan 12, A boy who grew up in Seattle, but instantly very comfortable in a village, a mom who lets her 14 year old stay behind in a village, surrounded by dangers both natural and humane, and a guy who lets the woman he loves and his son to move to another country. Jusmita rated it liked it Apr 14, Job well done, Sonora Jha. Lists with This Book. The characters have stayed with me now for weeks since I finished reading it, particularly Gayatri.

Contentment, new understanding, sadness, resignation, resolve? Once Jha establishes the framework of her story and climbs deep into her book’s activist heart, Foreign becomes a kind of thriller. In the scene of the protest Gayatribai sings for me. The character buildup of the other people in the book is much better though.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. 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.

But instead,she takes a huge leap of faith and combines her creative writing skills with hard hitting facts to tell a compelling tale in her debut novel that at once appeals to the head and heart. Learn more about the author But I hope her characters will live their 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.

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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. And the ending also didn’t connect with me- it was as if the author wanted to somehow come to a conclusion, no matter how unreasonable it might come across. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But she knows better than to fall into the trap of ‘belonging’. They are some of the best I’ve read.

This book should be a case study on how not to write a book on a sensitive topic as Farmer suicide. Learn how your comment data is processed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Jan 4—March foerign,first Fridays, 8 pm Safeword at Kremwerk. The three unlikely companions are whipped up in a frenzy of events in a politically divided America that lead to an active shooter on an American campus and a terrible realization of all that is irreconcilable in human nature.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But people who need the book to know that farmer suicides do happen may love soora book anyone else would be deeply disappointed. And it happens in the characters, imagery that becomes movingly poetic, and even in the newsworthy action. Aug 05, Christine rated it it was amazing. When she travels back to the nation of her birth to investigate his absence, she’s forced to reenter the orbit of the boy’s father and familiarize herself with the local farming community, which is suffering through a crisis of its own.


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However, that is perhaps the best flaw ever mentioned, and it doesn’t sully my hardy recommendation for this book- too much. Foreign by Sonora Jha. Dec 01, Pallak rated it it was ok. There is inconsistency in the writing style and the flow is abrupt.

Foreign by Sonora Jha

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 foreig that come across more wooden and seemed programmed to the purpose of the news behind the story or the structure of stories done correctly. 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 sobora suicide epidemic that has gripped this treacherously changing nation.

Here’s hoping that this exquisite novel can help spark more conversation on this topic.

And in those moments I doubt the story. She created beautiful strong characters, tragic and heartwarming events, and amplified nha redeeming qualities of humanity, in order to shed some light on some of the harsh realities of life in India.

Sumit Mishra rated it really liked it May 04, Rini rated it liked it Feb 20, 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.

Contemptuous of her homeland and determined to bring Kabir back where he belongs, Katya must follow her son into the home of a suicidal farmer, in a village where, every eight hours, a man kills himself.