The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski
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A magical debut novel from Rita Leganski, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is the tale of a mute boy whose gift of wondrous hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him.

Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But he was listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings. By the time he turns five, he can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He also hears the voice of his dead father, William Arrow, mysteriously murdered by a man known only as the Wanderer.

Exploring family relics, he opens doors to the past and finds the key to a web of secrets that both hold his family together, and threaten to tear them apart.

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New Orleans, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a magical story about the lost art of listening and a wondrous little boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.

 

About Rita Leganski

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Rita Leganski holds a Masters in Writing and Publishing and a BA in Literary Studies and Creative Writing from DePaul University. She teaches a Writing Workshop at DePaul's School for New Learning and was the 2007 recipient of the Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize for a work of historical fiction.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Harper Paperbacks. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A magically evocative novel set in New Orleans in the 1920s-1950s with a large cast of fascinating characters, each of whom harbors a secret.

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In her debut novel, set in 1950s New Orleans, Leganski chronicles the life of young Bonaventure Arrow, a mute child with extraordinary hearing, born to recently widowed Dancy. Although Bonaventure do

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In her debut novel, set in 1950s New Orleans, Leganski chronicles the life of young Bonaventure Arrow, a mute child with extraordinary hearing, born to recently widowed Dancy.

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William still visits Bonaventure, eventually directing him to his mother’s closet, where a hidden note contains clues to Dancy’s secret, but the sound emanating from it is so sinister and scary that Bonaventure quickly runs away.

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From the explicit racism faced by Trinidad to the difficulties Bonaventure experiences when he attends regular school to the practicalities of Dancy starting her own business in order to make a living for her family, these glimpses of life in 1950’s New Orleans ground the book, allowing it room t...

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