‘The Book of Jonas’ by Stephen Dau
Searing tale stalks a damaged young Muslim war refugee in America
War is an exercise in the triumph of action over empathy. For those in search of another side of the story, Stephen Dau’s “The Book of Jonas’’ could not be more timely. Set in a near present tense, it tracks the journey of a young Muslim man whose family is killed, his village decimated in a U.S. airstrike. He comes to the United States a refugee - with nothing but his name. Midflight, he abandons that too, taking on the name Jonas.