The Book of Jonas

  • by Stephen Dau
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"A sobering and accomplished read meant to prick the conscience; highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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Hard to summarize

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.
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- Kathy

thought provoking

The story sometimes got slow. But the ending made it all worth while. I read it for book club. It was good for that
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2012
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio