New York: Blue Rider Press, 2012.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by author in ink to title page. First Edition with full number line indicating first printing. 8 1/2" X 5 3/4". 258pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of jacket. Tan paper over boards with spine backed in red and lettered in gilt. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm and sound. Original packing slip for Powell's signed first edition book club order form laid in. With decorative custom slipcase from Powell's first edition book club.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
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). Very good + / Very good +. Item #8338