New Book Offers Riveting Look at Man Caught Between Cultures

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Delivery by Jonathan R. Miller

A BASTARD OF THE DIASPORA’

Delivery by Jonathan R. Miller tells the story of Ambojeem, a biracial Somali man who has spent decades drifting from Western nation to Western nation in search of a sense of belonging. At last, he thinks he has found a proper place to raise his 15-year old daughter in relatively sleepy Minneapolis, Minnesota – but all is not as it appears.

Ambojeem scrapes out his living as a delivery driver, transporting packages, medical waste, and various legal documents throughout the Twin Cities. On a seemingly routine delivery, Ambojeem makes a devastating discovery that sends him plunging into a dark world where black market surgery, kidnappings, and murder are the norm. Along the way, he meets a little girl whose father has plans for one of her vital organs. He feels compelled to help the child, but in doing so he risks falling victim to the father’s ambitions himself.

In Delivery, Miller masterfully balances the characterization, emotion, lyrical style, and serious tone of literary fiction with the captivating plot and pacing of a thriller, blending two genres in a way that he says mirrors the biracial experience. Like his main character, Miller is biracial and says growing up in a two-culture household while “passing” as white has had a tremendous effect on his view of the world and writing style. As an author, Miller often incorporates the themes of race and ethnicity into his works.

My goal is to explore these and other issues thoughtfully, within context,” says Miller. “Being biracial is a significant facet of Ambojeem’s personality. It informs much of what he does and how he is treated, but it isn’t the sole touchstone of his character or of the book as a whole. It can feel all-consuming at times, but ultimately being biracial is one of many traits that can act as a lens through which we see the world.”

A thought-provoking read from beginning to end, Miller’s Delivery tackles these issues and more:

  • The immigrant experience in North America

  • Racism, ethnicity, and biracial identity

  • Fatherhood and the complex bonds between parent and child

  • Cultural aspects of female circumcision

ABOUT

Jonathan R. Miller writes literary fiction thrillers featuring multicultural characters and themes. He attended Stanford University and now lives in San Jose, California with his wife and daughter. Available as an eBook at Amazon.com, Delivery tackles the complex bonds between parent and child, the immigrant experience in the United States, female circumcision, and more.

Delivery
By Jonathan R. Miller

“A BASTARD OF THE DIASPORA”
New Book Offers Riveting Look at Man Caught Between Cultures

Delivery by Jonathan R. Miller tells the story of Ambojeem, a biracial Somali man who has spent decades drifting from Western nation to Western nation in search of a sense of belonging. At last, he thinks he has found a proper place to raise his 15-year old daughter in relatively sleepy Minneapolis, Minnesota – but all is not as it appears.

Ambojeem scrapes out his living as a delivery driver, transporting packages, medical waste, and various legal documents throughout the Twin Cities. On a seemingly routine delivery, Ambojeem makes a devastating discovery that sends him plunging into a dark world where black market surgery, kidnappings, and murder are the norm. Along the way, he meets a little girl whose father has plans for one of her vital organs. He feels compelled to help the child, but in doing so he risks falling victim to the father’s ambitions himself.

In Delivery, Miller masterfully balances the characterization, emotion, lyrical style, and serious tone of literary fiction with the captivating plot and pacing of a thriller, blending two genres in a way that he says mirrors the biracial experience. Like his main character, Miller is biracial and says growing up in a two-culture household while “passing” as white has had a tremendous effect on his view of the world and writing style. As an author, Miller often incorporates the themes of race and ethnicity into his works.

“My goal is to explore these and other issues thoughtfully, within context,” says Miller. “Being biracial is a significant facet of Ambojeem’s personality. It informs much of what he does and how he is treated, but it isn’t the sole touchstone of his character or of the book as a whole. It can feel all-consuming at times, but ultimately being biracial is one of many traits that can act as a lens through which we see the world.”

A thought-provoking read from beginning to end, Miller’s Delivery tackles these issues and more:

  • The immigrant experience in North America
  • Racism, ethnicity, and biracial identity
  • Fatherhood and the complex bonds between parent and child
  • Cultural aspects of female circumcision

ABOUT

Jonathan R. Miller writes literary fiction thrillers featuring multicultural characters and themes. He attended Stanford University and now lives in San Jose, California with his wife and daughter. Available as an eBook at Amazon.com, Delivery tackles the complex bonds between parent and child, the immigrant experience in the United States, female circumcision, and more.


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