A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In this darkly funny and emotive debut, Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His profoundly autistic ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken, and Ben and his wife Emma are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separationa strategic, yet ill-advised, decision to further Jonah's case in an upcoming tribunal to determine the future of his educationfather and son are forced to move in with Georg, Ben's elderly and cantankerous father. In a small house in north London, three generations of men one who can't talk; two who won'tare thrown together. As Ben confronts single fatherhood, he must battle a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons to advocate for his son, learning some harsh lessons about accountability from his own father along the way. As the tribunal draws near, Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history, and misunderstanding are finally untangled."
Publisher: New York, NY :, The Overlook Press,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781468314724
Call Number: F LESTER J
Characteristics: 313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 15, 2017

Shtum = to keep quiet, keep secrets inside; not to tell
What a lovely story! These flawed characters all crept into my heart. It's going to be awhile before I can let go of Jonah.
The author was masterful in taking a stressed family and showing the stories behind the people, what shaped them, what motivated them and, always, the inner selves that are kept shtum.
This story left me laughing, sad, worried for everyone, sad and sometimes frustrated. But slowly, I moved closer to the characters and, in the end, didn't want to leave them.

Sep 11, 2016

Wow ! What a powerfully moving book. Wonderfully written. Lots of laughter and lots of tears.


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