Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Review

The Book of Jonah
by Joshua Max Feldman

Disclaimer:  I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is much more of a character study than it is plot driven, so I wouldn't recommend it for those of you that need a lot of action.

Jonah is a little unlikable at first; he's been cheating on his girlfriend with his ex for months and he's a corporate lawyer who helps large companies screw smaller ones.  But, I can't completely hate him.  I'm not sure I can explain why, except that he is very admittedly human.  He and the other main character (Judith) are the type of people that have done all the things they're supposed to; get obsessively high grades, attend Ivy League schools, get put on the shortlist for partner, etc.  Both of their lives are changed forever by tragedy (in Jonah's case, of his own making), and they have to decide how to go on now that they don't have a strict plan to follow.

Jonah begins receiving strange visions that ultimately connect his path with Judith's.  He thinks he can save them both, but he doesn't know exactly what that means.

It only took me a couple of chapters before I was hooked.  I'll probably be looking for more from Feldman.

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