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A Lonely Note
A Lonely Note

A Lonely Note


256 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: May 2017

ISBN 9781910411315

Rights: US & CA

Little Island Books (May 2017)


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Peace and violence, faith and mistrust, thriller and literary fiction—this is a story of a young Iraqi man living in the U.S., caught between two worlds

Tariq is beset by danger on the streets and by conflict at home. Music is his only consolation. The only ally of his own age is Rachel, his Jewish classmate. She will not let Tariq's Islamic Iraqi background define how she—or the wider community—sees him. When he forms a new friendship with the volatile but intriguing record-store owner Jamal, Tariq discovers the world of jazz and the man he could become. The violence that has long threatened finally erupts, and things suddenly clarify for Tariq. He takes the ultimate risk—not on behalf of his friend but on behalf of his enemy—and the disparate worlds of modern America and traditional Islam come together in an unexpected and gripping resolution.


"Its tender, intelligent interrogation of male adolescent desperation is unflinching, as is its take on other big subjects: school bullying, what it's like to be the only son of Iraqi Muslim migrants living and working in the US, religion, post-traumatic stress disorder, the contested limits of parental control . . . traditional Iraqi music, traditional Iraqi food . . .  jazz and sex, with the sex—praise the Lord—so delicately portrayed that the young people retain their dignity." —Irish Times

Author Biography

Kevin Stevens grew up in Great Falls, Montana, before moving with his family to Ireland in 1972. After graduating from college, he spent 10 years in Boston working in publishing and writing nonfiction, including the best-selling The Cops Are Robbers, which was made into an NBC Movie of the Week starring Ed Asner. His previous books for children include The Powers, a Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Reading selection in 2014. Kevin has also written for the Irish Times, the Journal of Music in Ireland, and the Dublin Review of Books. He divides his time between Dublin and Boston.