The Book of Stone

In pre-9/11 Brooklyn, a family’s dark history and an estranged son’s quest to find meaning converge.

By Jonathan Papernick Read by Adam Verner Fiction / Jewish / Literary English, Unabridged 15h 12m Sell Sheet Also available on
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							Matthew Stone has inherited a troubling legacy: a gangster grandfather and a distant father - who is also a disgraced judge. After his father’s death, Matthew is a young man alone. He turns to his father’s beloved books for comfort, perceiving within them guidance that leads him to connect with a group of religious extremists. As Matthew immerses himself in this unfamiliar world, the FBI seeks his assistance to foil the group’s violent plot. Caught between these powerful forces, haunted by losses past and present, and desperate for redemption, Matthew charts a course of increasing peril - for himself and for everyone around him.

Starred Review. - Library Journal

"Jonathan Papernick's The Book of Stone is a psychological thriller with a complex soul. In the tradition of writers like Robert Stone and Ian McEwan, Papernick describes the quest to save oneself by redeeming history, and the perilous consequences that arise from confusing the two tasks. It's a harrowing, distinguished book." - Steve Stern, author of The Wedding Jester and The Pinch

"The Book of Stone is going to have everyone on the planet talking. Blistering smart, provocative and passionate, Papernick’s astounding novel layers a complex father and son story onto the Jewish/Arab conflict, where fierce loyalties and stunning betrayals are about to detonate. Nothing is as it seems in this divided American world: the political becomes personal, religious faith overrides family, and fear can shatter the possibility of love. An astonishing achievement that’s sure to ignite dialogue -- and as the best works of art do, push us to see the world differently." - Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You

"Devastating, gripping and beautiful. The Book of Stone is about fathers and sons, how the past haunts the present, how trauma transcends generations and how wrong we can be about those who made us who we are. What will haunt you forever is how Papernick brings you right up to the border of justice and terror, and then makes that border disappear. Open this book carefully. You will close it changed." - Dara Horn, award-winning author of The World to Come and A Guide for the Perplexed

"Equal parts thriller and literary epic—a smart, haunting novel that entertains as it apprises. Papernick writes with impressive breadth, in turns crafting the minute details of a psychological profile and dissecting the vast socio-political complexities of religious zealotry pushed to its outer limits. The Book of Stone is an important read for our historical moment." - Sara Novic, author of Girl at War

"The Book of Stone is many amazing things: a searingly-told father-son story in which profound estrangement is tenuously and dangerously bridged through the intermediaries of books and ideas; a modern family tale that is itself embedded in the never-ending, violent tribal drama of the historical conflict between Jews and Arabs. In all its layered psychological intensity, Jon Papernick's new novel is riveting." - Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Illuminated Soul and The Far Euphrates