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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062113763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062113764
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,049,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brims with love and magic. It's a timeless and lyrical story about the difference between hearing and listening, forgiving and redeeming. Bonaventure Arrow, an imaginative and special young boy, will claim your heart from the very first moment you meet him."--Rebecca Rasmussen, author of "The Bird Sisters"

"This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent."--"Booklist"

"I happily ignored my real life commitments for the magical, mysterious world of this novel about secrets, forgiveness, and healing of all kinds and my 'real life' has been better for it ever since."--Katrina Kittle, author of "The Kindness of Strangers" and "The Blessings of the Animals"

"Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski's lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism."--"Library Journal" (starred review)

"Rita Leganski has crafted a dreamlike 1950s Louisiana. In the middle of that world stands our mute, but not voiceless hero, Bonaventure Arrow. So endearing, so wise. His love for his family will lift and inspire you."--Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of "Wench"

"Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness."--"Kirkus Reviews"

"Lyrical."--"Publishers Weekly"

"The story keeps you enthralled as each new page seems to offer up new questions that beg answers. Leganski's meticulous attention to the details of the plot provides answers in a revealing and entertaining fashion."--Trevor Smith, "The Winnipeg Free Press"

"This debut novel is a tour de force. It's a beautifully, lyrically written fantasy and it captures the languorous mystery and allure of New Orleans . . . Magical."--"Historical Novels Society"

"An imaginative and touching story of the surprising ways that we heal. Rita Leganski has created a gem in Bonaventure, a young boy who cannot speak but whose silence rings with truth and humanity. If I could hear a fraction of what he does, my heart would explode with joy."--Todd Johnson, author of "The Sweet By and By"

The story keeps you enthralled as each new page seems to offer up new questions that beg answers. Leganski s meticulous attention to the details of the plot provides answers in a revealing and entertaining fashion. --Trevor Smith, "The Winnipeg Free Press""

This debut novel is a tour de force. It s a beautifully, lyrically written fantasy and it captures the languorous mystery and allure of New Orleans . . . Magical. --"Historical Novels Society""

Rita Leganski has crafted a dreamlike 1950s Louisiana. In the middle of that world stands our mute, but not voiceless hero, Bonaventure Arrow. So endearing, so wise. His love for his family will lift and inspire you. --Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of "Wench""

Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness. --"Kirkus Reviews""

Lyrical. --"Publishers Weekly""

Brims with love and magic. It s a timeless and lyrical story about the difference between hearing and listening, forgiving and redeeming. Bonaventure Arrow, an imaginative and special young boy, will claim your heart from the very first moment you meet him. --Rebecca Rasmussen, author of "The Bird Sisters""

An imaginative and touching story of the surprising ways that we heal. Rita Leganski has created a gem in Bonaventure, a young boy who cannot speak but whose silence rings with truth and humanity. If I could hear a fraction of what he does, my heart would explode with joy. --Todd Johnson, author of "The Sweet By and By""

This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent. --"Booklist""

I happily ignored my real life commitments for the magical, mysterious world of this novel about secrets, forgiveness, and healing of all kinds and my real life has been better for it ever since. --Katrina Kittle, author of "The Kindness of Strangers" and "The Blessings of the Animals""

Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism. --"Library Journal" (starred review)"

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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 that Bonaventure s silence is filled with resonance a miraculous gift of rarefied hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on 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 a 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."

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I've been hearing things - good things - about Rita Leganski's debut novel The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow. And, after the first few chapters I have to agree wholeheartedly.

I have my favourite genres, but sometimes there's something about the description of a book or the opening lines that grabs me and I just know that this is going to one of those special books that stays with me. Until I lend it out - because I'll definitely be recommending this one.

"Bonaventure Arrow didn't make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But the child was only listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings because everything had suddenly changed. His silence gave pause to the experts who examined him; here was a curiosity beyond their expertise. (They could never have explained Bonaventure anyway because there is no scientific word for miraculous.) They didn't know that through his remarkable hearing he would bring salvation to the souls of those who loved him."

With those few opening pages, I felt like I was sitting down to hear a storyteller spin a magical yarn of what could be... or who knows - what is. I was entranced by the idea of a boy who could hear what inanimate objects were saying, their stories, hearing the unspoken sorrow and sadness, the joy and pain of people's lives, the sound of everything.

"Bonaventure Arrow had been chosen to bring peace. There was guilt to be dealt with, and poor broken hearts, and atonement gone terribly wrong. And too there were family secrets to be heard; some of them old and all of them harmful.

I really don't want to say much more about the plot - it's just so much better to have it unfold before your own eyes.
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This is a bittersweet, sophisticated novel that reminds us of the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

It is a lovely story that touches on familial relationships, love, loss, guilt, grief, and ultimately forgiveness.

It is exquisitely written. The prose is beautiful. The setting is vividly described. And the characters are well-developed and complex, especially the protagonist, Bonaventure Arrow, who is strong, brave and empathetic.

This truly is a subtle story that flows effortlessly, makes an impact, and leaves an impression.
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Interesting book about forgiveness and redemption. Bonaventure Arrow is born posthumously to his heart broken mother. He is a silent child, and though he cannot talk, he can hear better than anyone else.This gift enables him to "hear" colors, plants growing and the voice of his father. This is a story about sin and forgiveness. Each character in the book carries a heavy load of guilt, that somehow connects them all together. Though at times predictable, I still found it an intriguing read and gobbled up the pages to the satisfying conclusion.
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It isn't at all the story you preconceive it will be about. Fantastic writing as well. Very well thought out.
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Breathtaking
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