The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.

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Akashic Books, Ltd.
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5.7 X 8.9 X 1.3 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author
Gina B. Nahai is a best-selling author, columnist, and full-time lecturer at USC's Master of Professional Writing Program. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and have been selected as "Best Books of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. She has also been a finalist for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize, and has won the Los Angeles Arts Council Award, the Persian Heritage Foundation's Award, the Simon Rockower Award, and the Phi Kappa Phi Award. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles magazine, Publishers Weekly, and the Huffington Post, among others. She writes a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, and is a three-time finalist for an LA Press Club Award. Nahai holds a BA and a Masters degree in International Relations from UCLA, and a Master of Professional Writing from USC. She's a former consultant for the Rand Corporation, and a frequent lecturer on the politics of pre- and postrevolutionary Iran. The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is her latest novel.

A wide-ranging, page-turning, magical realist, multigenerational family saga and Iranian-Jewish-American immigration tale enveloped in a murder mystery . . . it both entertains and instructs, and its differing genres seem more complimentary than conflicting.

-- "New York Journal of Books"
What results is a novel that feels more universal than anything, and an engrossing, expansive epic that charts not only thousands years of Iranian Jewish life, but the brutality of one family's survival amidst revolution and cultural upheaval.-- "Kirkus Reviews, Feature on Gina B. Nahai"
A bold, brave novel . . . as surprising as it is satisfying. . . . Captivating.-- "Forbes"

One of the many pleasures of this sprawling, multigenerational story is the way it transcends the specifics of the Iranian diaspora with insights that could apply to anyone.

-- "LA Weekly"
One of Nahai's gifts is her astute observation of this community, her own, which she describes with unsparing precision.
-- "Los Angeles Review of Books"
The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is a masterpiece that is simultaneously poetic in its unfurling, trans-generational plot, and brutally to the point in the style of a hard-boiled crime novel . . . This is a book you should not miss.

-- "San Francisco Book Review"

Prose that mixes the magical realism of Gabriel García Márquez with the hard-boiled, Los Angeles based detective fiction of Raymond Chandler . . . [Nahai] knows first-hand the community she describes, and she depicts her characters with a loving if sometimes amused eye. This novel feels personal, which makes the story all the more compelling. This is a magic carpet ride you'll want to take.

-- "The New York Jewish Week"
Intoxicating . . . And Nahai brings a sharp social satirist's eye to all of post-millennial multi-cultural L.A.-- "San Diego Jewish World"
Nahai has crafted a story that will move you with its exploration of the bonds that tie a family together or tear it asunder.
-- "San Diego Jewish Journal"