Bone River

Bone River

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by Megan Chance, Amy Rubinate
     
 

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In the mid-19th century, Leonie Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in the Washington Territory. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession — collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the area.

On her thirty-seventh birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from a riverbank —

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In the mid-19th century, Leonie Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in the Washington Territory. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession — collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the area.

On her thirty-seventh birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from a riverbank — a mummy that by all evidence shouldn’t exist. As Leonie searches for clues to the mummy’s origins, she begins to feel a strangely mystical connection to it. When Junius’s long-lost son, Daniel, appears one day, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection. But protection from whom? The mummy or, perhaps, Daniel?

Leonie has always been a good daughter, a good wife, but for the first time, these roles do not seem enough. Finding the mummy has changed everything, and now Leonie must decide if she has the courage to reject the expectations of others to be the woman she was meant to be.

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Leonie Russell was only 17 when her beloved ethnologist father died, and she honored his dying wish that she marry his associate, Junius, despite their age difference. Twenty years later, in 1875, Leonie, an ethnologist herself, uncovers the mummified remains of a woman on the river bank. As the connection she feels to the dead woman becomes an obsession, Junius’s long-lost son, Daniel, arrives, determined to make his father pay for abandoning him, along with Daniel’s mother, more than 20 years ago. Daniel, now 27, claims to be a newspaper reporter, but Junius has his doubts. Leonie and Daniel discover reference in her father’s journals to a mysterious experiment, and tensions, both in the house and the landscape, rise. As the subject of the experiment and its connection to Leonie are revealed, Leonie’s grasp on herself, her father, and her husband come under threat. The ruthless Pacific Northwest, rendered in breathtaking detail, is an important additional character. The attitudes held toward native tribes by both Leonie’s father and Junius are abrasive but true to the era. Though the novel gets off to a slow start and unfolds at a deliberate pace, revelations about the experiment are heartbreaking. Chance’s latest (after The Spiritualist) is a complex, intriguing read. Agent: Inkwell Management. (Dec.)

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ISBN-13:
9781469227535
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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