The Book of Jonas: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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An exceptional debut novel about a young Muslim war orphan whose family is killed in a military operation gone wrong, and the American soldier to whom his fate, and survival, is bound.

Jonas is fifteen when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed Muslim country. With the help of an international relief organization, he is sent to America, where he struggles to assimilate-foster family, school, a first love. Eventually, he tells a court-mandated counselor and therapist about a U.S. soldier, Christopher Henderson, responsible for saving his life on the tragic night in question. Christopher's mother, Rose, has dedicated her life to finding out what really happened to her son, who disappeared after the raid in which Jonas' village was destroyed. When Jonas meets Rose, a shocking and painful secret gradually surfaces from the past, and builds to a shattering conclusion that haunts long after the final page. Told in spare, evocative prose, The Book of Jonas is about memory, about the terrible choices made during war, and about what happens when foreign disaster appears at our own doorstep. It is a rare and virtuosic novel from an exciting new writer to watch.


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User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

I listened to Audible version of this book. Considered it just OK.... Perhaps, if I had read it, I might feel more enthusiastic about it. Read full review

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User Review  - Ashlyn - Goodreads

It helped that I read a lot of this book at the Hershey Spa, so I was totally relaxed and focused. At the Spa there is even a quiet room where you cannot talk and no one can talk to you (unless they ... Read full review

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†Stephen Dau worked for ten years in postwar reconstruction and international development prior to studying creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and Bennington College. He lives in Brussels with his wife and daughter.

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