Sheltered by Josh Jones

About the Book

Josh Jones’s debut novel follows Joe Taylor, a chronically homeless person struggling with mental illness on his path back to stability. With the help of Malik Arons, a housing coordinator at Crossroads Men’s Emergency Shelter, Joe navigates the emotional minefields of social services, emergency room admissions, and personal isolation to once again find a life beyond homelessness. From chaos to relative normalcy, Joe redefines success for himself and provides an intricate new perspective on what we all need to remain intact as individuals.

About the Author

Josh Jones is an American writer residing in the Midwest. His novels dive into the darker corners of human behavior and experience. Mental illness, homelessness, family divisions and cultural dynamics are common themes for Mr. Jones. Away from his writing desk, Josh is a long-distance hiker, a permaculture advocate and a brooding introvert living in a Tiny Home.

“A story very well told.” – Randy Thompson, author of The Village

“Your dedication to the process paid off.  Your work stands in stark contrast to those that are inadequately researched. There’s absolutely no
disbelief when I read it. It feels like it was written with the intention to communicate. Deliberate.  Aware of the audience’ perception.” – Kate Down, Twin Taurus Publishing

“I just finished the book. It is awesome. The characters are flawed and believable.”  – Thomas Fletcher

“Your characters are way relatable. That’s probably my favorite element you’ve achieved. There’s a subtle degree of pain I sensed throughout the whole thing. Not necessarily in terms of overt descriptions and dialogue, but more of an underlying feeling between the lines. I think that’s a really difficult thing to pull off, but there’s a lot of depth to this story that I think will hit readers like a ton of bricks.” – Matt Shao, author of the Continuity series.

“I didn’t expect this book to be magic. In fact, after the first chapter, I decided I didn’t like the main character, Joe.  That changed as I enjoyed Malik and wanted to know about him. Halfway through the book, I felt strong feelings for both Joe and Malik. The double main character point of view works well, and it was an intense story which can evoke strong emotions. The book was easy to read, and I loved the dramatic poetry scattered throughout.” – Bena Roberts, author of Six Tinder Weeks


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