Hardcover, 320 pages
also available as an ebook
Don't Be Afraid is a novel about a teenage boy whose life changes after the explosion of the local library and the loss of his brother. It is seen through his eyes, both in the present and glimpsing back to the events that lead up to the tragedy.
Mystery surrounds the explosion and the missing brother; his mother retreats into herself; his father buries himself into finding the cause; while Jim is left to take care of his little brother and make some sort of sense out of life.
What we are treated to is an almost poetic journey through the alien and surreal aftermath of loss. How life inexplicably keeps moving forward, from the mundane to the ridiculous.
I really enjoyed this book. It is thoughtful, tragic, and funny all at the same time. An excellent read.