Rebounding, the second novel of the Echoes series written by American Muslim author Jamilah Kolocotronis, explodes with revenge and revelation as the series' main character, Joshua Adams, struggles with the painful echoes of his past and is confronted with frightening accusations of terrorist activity.
Joshua Adams' father, Sam, abandoned his wife and children for another woman when Joshua was barely five months old. After 40 years of neglect, Sam shows up, wanting to reconnect with his sons. Joshua's struggles with anger and resentment are inflamed by his father's cruel remarks about Joshua's bi-racial marriage. Words spoken in a moment of anger haunt Joshua as Sam seeks revenge and initiates a power struggle between the father and son. The struggle between father and son leads to Joshua's arrest and imprisonment on charges of terrorism. He is degraded by guards and inmates because of his faith. His faith also sustains him. After his release, Joshua must decide how to respond to his father.
Jamilah Kolocotronis' five book series chronicles the lives of Joshua Adams and his Muslim and non-Muslim family members living in Chicago-USA. "In the first book, Echoes, Joshua is a young man, dealing with the effects of bitterly divorced parents, a wild youth, his own disastrous teenage marriage, and guilt over his short-comings as a father," Kolocotronis says. "The impact of his decision to convert to Islam has far-reaching impact on all his extended family members."
Rebounding picks up the story when Joshua is forty, well-established and at peace with himself. "Of course, things change radically when his father comes back into his life," Kolocotronis says, with a grin. Future books in the series will focus on Joshua's brothers, children, and nephews. Kolocotronis' epic family saga of despair, revenge, bitterness, hope, love, and faith takes its place alongside Roots, The Magnificent Ambersons, the Fortsyte Saga, and The Thorn Birds. It could be the story of any American family.
About the Author: Jamilah Kolocotronis is an American Muslim. She has a doctorate in Social Science Education and has taught in Islamic schools for many years. While teaching she developed an Islamic approach for teaching the social studies at all levels. She has six sons, ages twenty-two to nine.
Other Published Books: Fiction - Innocent People, about a Muslim family in the year after September 11, 2001.
Nonfiction - Islamic Jihad, about the principles and practices of military jihad.
Fiction - Echoes, first book in her five-part Echoes series.
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OK - I just (5 minutes ago!) finished Rebounding. Now I am sad. When I finished Echoes, I knew that I had Rebounding sitting on the table to go to next. Now I have to wait for the next one! So, OK ... I'm in mourning for Walt and Evie anyway. I am a rabid reader, Sister. But I really got involved with the characters in these novels. I almost felt like making dua for them a few times! I'm one of your biggest fans!
Fi Aman Allah
"...These characters are so real, so human, that while I was reading Rebounding, they actually came to my minds as I was making du'aa for others!..."
Najiyah Umm Waheeb
"...Rebounding is a novel that teaches a lesson in healing, forgiveness and how to overcome tragedy through faith in Allah."
Kelly Izdihar Crosby
"...What makes the Echoes Series so compelling is the author's faithful portrayal of true life. ...it's nice to read Muslim fiction that isn't about perfect people doing perfect things, yet presents Islam accurately. With Jamilah Kolocotronis' books we can truly relate even if we haven't gone through the same things as Joshua. ...Jamilah Kolocotronis is a very talented writer who tells very realistic stories within an Islamic framework - something that American Islamic community has long awaited. We can only pray that she'll keep the Echoes Series going for years to come... (I pray for that too)"
Renee' Warner Syed
"...If you are looking for an intriguing, mind captivating, and stimulating book, Rebounding is definitely one for you. You will find yourself reading away and finishing the book before you know it. One last recommendation - for greater enjoyment, make sure to read the first book of the Echoes Series before you read this sequel."