31 Hours

31 Hours

Large Print - 2010
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A woman in New York awakens knowing, as deeply as a mother's blood can know, that her grown son Jonas is in danger. She has not heard from him in weeks. His girlfriend, Vic, is also in the dark.

We soon learn that Jonas is isolated in a safe-house apartment in New York City, pondering his conversion to Islam and his experiences training in Pakistan, preparing for the violent action he has been instructed to take in 31 hours. His absence from the lives of those who love him causes a cascade of events as the novel moves through the streets and subways of New York.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781602858213
1602858217
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 287 p. (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Thirty-one hours

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Feb 03, 2012

What initially grabbed my attention here was the unique premise and the promise of showing how one event can turn on the smallest of interactions. Hamilton delivered a story full of rich language and vivid characterization. That said though, any novel requires at least three things. No matter what else they have in their favour every story needs a beginning, a middle, and an end. It certainly sounds obvious enough, but when one of these elements is missing it leaves the reader feeling cheated. Masha Hamilton missed one of these and her promising book suffered accordingly.

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