Update: the winners of of this giveaway are Cindy, Jodi Adams, Brooke, Kim, Stephanie, Suzy Ed, Miriam, Kim Mullin, Michelle T, and Pat. They have been notified via email. Thanks to everyone who entered. Please check back soon for more great book reviews and giveaways!
Some stories are magic. From the first sentence, they transport us to a place that is at once familiar and unexpected and beautiful. A place that makes us sigh or chuckle or shed a tear of joy. Some stories reach us through the business of normal days and we are carried away. When we came across this book and cracked the whimsical cover, the pages whispered of a little boy with a gift, of secret grief and guilt, the search for forgiveness and the promise of hope. We couldn’t wait to introduce you to Bonaventure Arrow, a miraculous little boy who will teach you to believe in miracles in the most surprising ways. We promise, this story will touch you and teach you that if you’ll listen, you may be surprised by the wonders of what you’ll hear.
Our online book club will be reading Bonaventure Arrow this month and then discussing it together the week of March 25th. We would love for you to join us! We’re also giving away TEN copies of the novel today, thank to the generous folks at Harper Collins. Leave a comment on this post and we’ll enter you in the drawing.
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.
Rita Leganski holds an MA 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 a recipient of the Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize for a work of historical fiction.
About Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon is the co-founder of She Reads, novelist, blogger, storyteller, and life-long reader. She lives in Texas with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). Ariel believes that Story is the shortest distance to the human heart.