Jonas is 15 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's 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 sentence.
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.
©2012 Stephen Dau (P)2012 Tantor
"A sobering and accomplished read meant to prick the conscience; highly recommended." (Library Journal)
I listened to this book twice before I understood who was doing what to whom. I'm so glad I gave it second chance because it's an awesome piece of fiction.
The lioness and the fawn may have feelings for each other but in the end, each much submit to its nature -- so, too, with people.
Great! I love Simon Vance.
I read this book several months ago and I am surprised sometimes at how well it has stuck with me.
Simon Vance - oh yes. Stephen Dau the author - doubtful.
This is one of those books that starts in the middle and cryptically works it’s way out with clues to the story. With half hints thrown at you in no consecutive order, the reader is totally lost and clueless till near the end..... making for a LLOONNG 4 hours of listening.
I think it was kinda dishonest. Had I known what the protagonist was - me along with probably MOST AMERICANS, would not be interested in reading this book. Was I supposed to feel kinship or understanding with the prtagonist?
Only thing that kept me reading was the money I spent buying it. At the end - I wish I would have stopped listening much earlier.
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