Author Event: The Fortune Teller's Prophecy by Lally Pia, MD

Join us for a special event with Lally Pia, MD, author of The Fortune Teller's Prophecy. This is a free event, but we appreciate your RSVP at the link below so we can plan for your attendance.

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A searing examination of the immigrant experience, The Fortune Teller’s Prophecy is Lally Pia’s tale of resilience in the face of a bungled Green Card and a four-continent quest to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor.

When a military coup in Ghana leads to the abrupt closure of Lally Pia’s medical school, she is left stranded there, thousands of miles away from her family in California, with no educational prospects or money. Adding to her turmoil is her discovery that her American Green Card has been botched, which means she has no country to call home. But a Sri Lankan priest told Lally that she would one day become a “Doctor of Doctors” and she is intent on proving him right.

This sizzling multicultural roller coaster illustrates the power of self-determination as Lally, a young immigrant with a drive to succeed, takes on obstacle after obstacle an abusive relationship, the welfare state, and a gruesome job where she has to dismember human bodies in order to fulfill her dreams. A story that will resonate with anyone who has faced cultural and immigration hardships, The Fortune Teller’s Prophecy is a nail-biting journey across continents, through hardships, and into ultimate triumph.


Lally Pia was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in Ghana, and made it halfway through medical school before political turmoil closed down her university and she learned that her American Green Card had been bungled. She went on to work as a church organist, teacher, and ice cream decorator, as well as a scientist in a molecular biology lab. Her next stint was as the director of UC Davis’s Body Donation Program, where she embalmed cadavers and maintained a freezer full of human specimens (a thankless job that she was glad to leave after three years). Lally is a mother, grandmother, and child psychiatrist who lives in Davis, California, with her husband, Tim.

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The Fortune Teller's Prophecy: A Memoir of an Unlikely Doctor By Lally Pia Cover Image
ISBN: 9781647427115
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: She Writes Press - April 30th, 2024