The Bones of Paradise

The Bones of Paradise

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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The award-winning author of The River Wife returns with a multigenerational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee--an ambitious tale of history, vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging, filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence, love, and a desperate loyalty to the land. Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, J.B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J.B.'s land. The deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett family: J.B.'s cunning and hard father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons, Cullen and Hayward. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the history of the dysfunctional Bennetts and their damning secrets is revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future. At the center of The Bones of Paradise are two remarkable women. Dulcinea, returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers. Rose, scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister, Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged. A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers, and dreamers, Jonis Agee's bold novel is a panorama of America at the dawn of a new century. A beautiful evocation of this magnificent, blood-soaked land--its sweeping prairies, seas of golden grass, and sandy hills, all at the mercy of two unpredictable and terrifying forces, weather and lawlessness--and the durable men and women who dared to tame it. Intimate and epic, The Bones of Paradise is a remarkable achievement: a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality, tenderness and cruelty that defined the settling of the American West.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016
ISBN: 9780062413499
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Part Greek tragedy, Western, family saga, and murder mystery this literary historical novel evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sand Hills. Booklist and Kirkus starred reviews.

DBRL_ANNEG Oct 13, 2017

Well-done Western saga that follows the tragedies of a family living in the Sand Dune Hills of Nebraska in the years after the massacre at Wounded Knee. Author Jonis Agee shines most through the unique voices she gives her characters, helping to bring the story and world its set in to life.

Aug 18, 2017

Great western saga. Tragedy and brutality. The slaughtering of innocent native American women and children. The harsh life in Nebraska. A dysfunctional family. This book has it all.

Mar 31, 2017

Well-done Western saga that follows the tragedies of a family living in the Sand Dune Hills of Nebraska in the years after the massacre at Wounded Knee.

The story gripped me in the first-third and then again in the last several chapters, but the middle dragged a bit, which is why I'm not giving it a higher rating. I did generally enjoy the voice Jonis Agee gives her characters and would try another book from her.

Sep 01, 2016

Good western saga. Not a quick or easy read, but a deep read with strong characters - both likeable and unlikeable. The book cover describes it best - a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, an exploration of the beauty and brutality, tenderness and cruelty of the American West. I liked it.


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