Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Book of Jonas Book Review

I'm a re-reader.

Most books that I love, I re-read. My copies of Jane Austen's works, the Harry Potter series, and even my 8-book box set of the Anne of Green Gables series are falling apart from wear well-loved, and it shows.

It's not often that I love a book but do not plan to re-read it. The last book I read that fell into that category was The Lovely Bones.

The Book of Jonas

The Book of Jonas by Stephen Dau is haunting. It's the kind of novel that leaves you with a nameless hollow ache, a heart that is wounded, a mind more open. It stays with you, even the parts that you wish wouldn't, because it rings of deep truths about the world... about love and hate and fear and hope and loss and grief and death and life.

Dau's debut novel tells two stories. First, the story of Jonas, a Muslim refugee from a war-torn country who comes to America as a teen, having lost everything but his memories of his former life. Rose is an all-American mother of three sons, including one who is MIA after a mission in Jonas's homeland. Their stories are woven together by a thread called Christopher, Rose's son and a soldier who gives his diary to Jonas before the boy emigrates to America.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I loved this book and highly recommend it. As with any great work, I feel like my words are inadequate to express both the depth of the work and the depth of my appreciation for it. So go read it for yourself!

Disclosure: Yes, BlogHer paid me to write this review, but everything I wrote here is my honest opinion:)

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