The Book of Jonas (Paperback)

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Stephen Dau is from Western Pennsylvania and lives in Brussels. He worked for ten years in post-war reconstruction and international development prior to studying creative writing, at Johns Hopkins University and Bennington, where he received an MFA. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on MSNBC, and elsewhere.The Book of Jonas is his first novel.
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 assimilate—adapting 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 Jonas’s 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.


ISBN 9780452298972
Genre FICTION / Coming of Age
Format Paperback
Pages 258
Publisher Date 2013-02-26 00:00:00.0
Publisher Plume
Copyright Year 2012
Height 8.0 in
Wdth 5.5 in
Thickness 0.5 in
Unit weight 0.45 lb
Language English
Edition Detail Reprint
Audience General/trade
Authors Dau, Stephen
Country of Origin United States

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