Release Date: January 2015
Available In: ebook, 280 Pages
"Jonah" is a work of literary fiction, a period piece written in accented vernacular. The story is staged in small town Louisiana in the 1930's during the great depression. An elderly black hobo "Jonah" shows up begging at the door of two ladies humble shotgun shack.
Though they are poor, they feed him. So he returns the kindness doing a couple of odd jobs to repay them. They take a somewhat mystical trusting, and immediate liking to Jonah and offer him a job. Throughout their time together many amazingly good outcomes happen for the ladies and their families as they are touched by turmoil after turmoil. The story unfolds a murder and cover up involving a prominent Judge who turns out to be responsible for the hit and run death of one of the ladies husbands. There is tragedy and death involved, but in the end, the human spirit is triumphant when they realize, only after Jonah has left their midst, that he had been an angel sent to help them through some otherwise horrible times.
RATING: 4 STARS
Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is a heartwarming story of an elderly black man who ends up at the door of two widows begging for food in rural Louisiana towards the end of the Great Depression. They can't afford much, but what they have, they generously offer to share with him, and in return, he offers to do odd jobs for them they have been unable to do themselves. Strange things start happening when he is around that help the women that he is with. It also happens to be where he is the only eye-witness to the murder of the husband of one of the widows.
Having grown up in Louisiana, and having my grandmother live through the Depression in New Orleans, I always wondered what it was like for them.I imagine that it wasn't quite as bad for my grandmother as it was in this story, as she held down a job and her husband was working at a well to do job as well. However, I saw a lot of that same kindred spirit of helping other people out in need in the women of this book that I knew in my grandmother growing up.
This is a wonderfully written story that will leave you scratching your head. Who is Jonah? An angel? He's definitely something more than what he appears and you will keep reading just to see what happens next with him.
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