31 Hours by Masha Hamilton takes the reader into the life of a Jonas, a 21 year-old young man who is searching for his path, for meaning in his life. He is bright, idealistic, and intense. Jonas wants to change the world and is told he can by a man who befriends him in a world theology class. Thus, the book takes us through the final 31 hours of Jonas’ preparations to achieve his radical goal. We watch his mother struggle with her intuition after Jonas disappears and she fears he is in grave danger. The other characters in the book and their relationships to Jonas and to each other are equally well drawn. The best supporting character is the homeless Sonny, who lives in the tunnels of the New York subway system, and acts as a memorable bard in the story.

p.s. Author Masha Hamilton is visiting The Book Works on Wednesday, March 10 to discuss and sign copies of 31 Hours. Click here for more info.