The Book of Jonas
"Stephen Dau's compact, parable-like "The Book of Jonas" stunningly evokes the cost of war... In a pleasingly crowded field, it's the year's finest novel addressing America's 21st-century wars."
--The Wall Street Journal
"Dau’s riffs on the young man’s life recall the dense beauty of Michael Ondaatje’s 'The English Patient.'" Like that book, [The Book of Jonas] is a tale obsessed with the way war can fracture memory and cauterize the place where love can begin....If only our news had such radical belief in the power of empathy.”
--The Boston Globe
“The toll that war exacts has seldom been demonstrated more vividly in fiction than in this tale...An essential addition to the literature of war.”
“Dau sketches Jonas brilliantly, empathetically, writing with spare, clear language in the third person, a point of view encompassing the distance necessary for emotional clarity. Rich with symbolism, marvelously descriptive in language... Dau's novel offers deeply resonating truths about war and culture, about family and loss that only art can reveal. A literary tour de force.”