The Book of Jonas: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 15, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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Jonas is fifteen when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed Middle Eastern country. An international relief organization sends Jonas to America, where he struggles to assimilateóadapting to his foster family, high school, a first love. Jonas meets Rose Henderson, the mother of the U.S. soldier responsible for saving his life. Christopher Henderson disappeared after the raid that destroyed Jonasís village, and Rose yearns to know the truth. Gradually, a shocking and painful secret emerges.

In spare, evocative prose, debut novelist Stephen Dau crafts a virtuosic novel about memory, the terrible choices made during war, and what happens when foreign disaster arrives at our own doorstep.

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The ending of the novel really surprised me. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Sara Latta - Goodreads

The lives behind collateral damage Fifteen-year-old Younis is injured and orphaned when a US military raid gone awry hits his village in an unnamed Muslim country that resembles Afghanistan. With the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Troy - Goodreads

This book started with a lot of promise but as it went along I lost interest. I finished the book with some quick speed reading. The book became slow and cumbersome even in its simple prose style. I ... 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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