The Book of Jonas

The Book of Jonas

[a Novel]

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780399158452
Branch Call Number: DAU
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib Oct 15, 2012

When a U.S. military operation goes wrong in an unnamed Muslim country, 15-year-old Younis is orphaned and sent to live with a host family in Pittsburgh. He changes his name to Jonas, excels in school, and refuses to talk about the attack. Though it's clear that he's troubled, it's not until he responds violently to a bully that he receives counselling for PTSD and begins to talk about the soldier who rescued him before disappearing. But he's also using alcohol to cope, and the devastating secrets he's been protecting for years - which may finally have an outlet - are only slowly revealed. Haunting and sobering, this debut will stay with you long after the last page.

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