"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:31 Hours by Masha Hamilton
Publisher: Unbridled Books (September 8, 2009)
Jonas is isolated in an apartment near the Brooklyn Bridge, and on a devastatingly confused path toward violence. His parents and his girlfriend have just 31 hours to reach him. A woman in New York awakens knowing, as deeply as a mother's blood can know, that her grown son is in danger. She has not heard from him in weeks. His name is Jonas. His girlfriend, Vic, doesn't know what she has done wrong, but Jonas won't answer his cell phone. 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. Jonas's absence from the lives of those who love him causes a cascade of events, and as the novel moves through the streets and subways of New York we come to know intimately the lives of its characters.
About the Author: 31 Hours is Masha Hamilton's fourth novel, following the acclaimed The Camel Bookmobile. She is also a journalist who has reported most recently from Afghanistan, and from the Middle East, Russia and Africa. She lives in Brooklyn.
I read and reviewed The Camel Bookmobile, which I enjoyed immensely. I am also a reader for the Camel Book Drive in the The Year of Readers 2009 charity effort.
Watch for my review of 31 Hours in September.
Which upcoming book are you waiting for?