Written by: Rita Leganski
Published by: Harper Paperbacks
Length: 378 pages
Genre: Magical Realism, Southern Fiction
The She Reads March Book Club selection is The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow.
From the Publisher: Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure’s silence is filled with resonance – a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house oh Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.
Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.
This book is receiving glowing reviews from many bloggers and book lovers. Please visit She Reads and there are several links to reviews. There will also be a discussion on the forum later this month, and much more information about the author Rita Leganski.
I have one beautiful new book to giveaway, so please leave a comment telling me what you can hear that most people only see, an email to contact you, and you’ll be entered to win. Contest runs through Saturday March 16th 11:59 pm. Contest open to US residents only. Good Luck! I always believed I could hear my children growing, changing, not being babies anymore. When I visit the beach I can hear the waves, and in them I can hear the power of those waves, that change that nature gives us naturally. Looking forward to your thoughts.