The Book Of Jonas

by Stephen Dau

The Book of Jonas

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Book Summary

Jonas, a Muslim teenager, is 15 when his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in an unnamed country. With the help of an international relief organization, he is sent to America, where he struggles to assimilate. When he meets the mother of the U.S. soldier who saved his life, a shocking and painful secret from the past gradually surfaces.

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Stephen Dau's debut novel is the story of Jonas, a 15-year-old Muslim boy from an unnamed war-torn country who comes to the United States after losing everything. As Jonas' story unfolds, his relationship with an American soldier is revealed as pivotal, and the secrets they share increasingly haunt him. In his new home, Jonas encounters well-intended people who want to help him but don't know what that means and meets refugees from other countries. He finds a girlfriend and succeeds

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