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Ben Jewell has hit breaking point. His ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken. So when Ben and Jonah are forced to move in with Ben's elderly father, three generations of men - one who can't talk; two who won't - are thrown together. As Ben battles single fatherhood, a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons, he learns some difficult home truths. 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: London : Orion, 2016
ISBN: 9781409166511
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 313 p. : ill., 23 cm


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The story of single-father Ben Jewell and his to-year-old, autistic son Jonah. Nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize by the Norfolk County Council Library Service, UK.

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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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