The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel

by Rita Leganski
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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel by Rita Leganski

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062113764
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Series: P.S.
Edition description: Original
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 274,514
Product dimensions: 5.46(w) x 7.82(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
William and Darcy met and fell immediately in love.  When Dancy ends up pregnant they quickly head to a Justice of the Peace and get married.   Their life was perfect until, on William’s birthday, he was shot and killed.  A pregnant Dancy grieves so completely that it affected her unborn baby, Bonaventure. Bonaventure is born a healthy baby, except he made no sound.  No crying, no fussing.  He was born special and those closest to him knew it.  He has superb hearing, not just hearing but the ability to listen.  Using the talent he helps his family heal, releasing the dark secrets and their hold on his family. When I read the description of this novel I was intrigued and hopeful for what I would be reading.  Rita Leganski did not let me down.  This was a slow read for me, not that I didn’t want to keep reading, but I was pulled so deeply into the story I found myself slowing down and savoring every word.  The descriptions of every character made them seem so real.  The sounds Bonaventure hears made everyday items, that I never stop to think about, come alive.  What really won me is over is the relationship Bonaventure has with his mother and father.  His mother, Dancy, never doubts that her son is perfect, exactly as he was suppose to be.  His father, who has passed away, comes back as a ghost and manages to connect and share all the valuable lessons a child needs to learn from their father. This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2013 so far.  I can already hear my book club discussing and loving this novel.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a mute child who has extra super hearing. Hee feels and senses things about people, rocks, everything in his world. There are family secrets, voodoo, the spirit of a dead father interacting with his son. This could have been a bummer of a book, but instead it has a special spark. I read a LOT, but never have read such an unusual but riveting story. So, just suspend reality for a bit and sit down with this really very special book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most original stories I have read in a long time.... I was completely enthralled from the first chapter all the way until the last page.  A must read!!
Meredith41 More than 1 year ago
ME: An avid reader, a conscious reading snob. For me to review a book at all everything has to be there; plot, characters, pacing, and (mostly) good writing. THE BOOK: Nails it. An enthusiastic 5 stars. From the first I was drawn in with the rich and languorous writing style. The word I kept finding myself using to describe it was "delicious". The plot unfolded nicely in a setting that was captivating in and of itself. The characters developed in such a way that I really cared about them. The pacing of the conflict kept me reading without sacrificing writing style (per typical best-sellers) and made the resolution immensely satisfying. Apparently this is the author's first book. I encourage you to support her by buying her book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having just finished this book, I'm finding it very difficult to go on to another. Bonaventure may not can speak, but his words and the characters in this tale will be in my heart and soul forever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finished the book with a huge smile on my face. Loved it and sad for the story to be over...yeah its one of those books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very touching and powerful story full of beautiful imagery and things to ponder. A truly beautiful and engaging book to read! Would be a great one for book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely beautifully written. I've read a lot of books that make me think, but this one made me feel and appreciate the littlest things in the world around me. You will smile, you will laugh, you will tear up and you will cry (just a little). I'm so glad I found this little gem of a book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the style of writing in this book. The characters were well-developed, and the writing was lyrical, so much so that I found myself re-reading sentences over and over because of the charm of the words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is captivating, extraordinary, and special in ways that will delight your senses and touch your heart. Anyone who has ever glimpsed the wonder of a child making a discovery or taken joy in the simplest elements of nature will be swept away by this incredible novel. I loved every minute spent in the company of Bonaventure Arrow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have read! It is romance, tragedy, spiritual, heart warming, historic, and a mystery all wrapped up in one great book! I want to read more books by this writer.
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The myth portion of the title refers to some of the high concept aspects of Bonaventure's mute world. Everyday world is self-explanatory. What makes these two aspects such a masterful story is Leganski's skillful storytelling and our resultant willingness to suspend disbelief. She also combines both showing and telling so that we get adequate information at the same time as being able to form our own opinions based on what we observe. I think this is an excellent book for someone with a book club circle, but I don't (have a club) and found myself wishing I had someone to discuss it with. To me, that is a sign that it has made me explore ideas as well as enjoy a story. I would read other books by this writer and thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book and with Bonaventure from the beginning and was thoroughly entranced by the end. We meet Bonaventure Arrow while he is still in his mother’s womb. By the time he is born, his father (William) is already dead (murdered by the Wanderer) and his mother (Dancy) lives in a fog of sadness and guilt in her mother-in-law’s home. The world Bonaventure enters is filled with sadness, regrets and secrets - of his mother, his paternal grandmother (Leticia), and his maternal grandmother (Adelaide). From birth, Bonaventure is mute. Silence not due to physical cause but the effect of a gift of extraordinary hearing. Because of his silence, he is able to hear sounds from the world around him. He hears colors, objects, the voice of his father's spirit and whispers from the unknown - the Wanderer and Trinidad. These sounds guide him to understandings that ultimately help his family heal. The story is told alternately from the perspectives of all characters. The writing is not told with a modern voice but with voices from the 1950’s South, specifically of New Orleans and the Bayou. For me, this added to the richness of the novel. I would highly recommend this book to those who appreciate rich characters and thought over action. (I happen to appreciate both!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was everything I love in a good book.  A good story told extremely well with characters you really care about (except one).  This is one book I will probably   read again. The writing is poetic. The story is magical and at times sad. But it is a story about love and faith and forgiveness and you'll cry with joy at the end. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a remarkable and inventive story that grabs you and pulls you along on a magical journey! Highly recommended read.
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I really enjoyed reading the silence of Bonaventure Arrow. The storyline flowed very well and there was enough suspense to want to stay up all night to finish.. The developement of all the characters was done in a way that you wanted to keep reading. The ending provided an excellent closure for the book. An excellent read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the most refreshing read I've had in a while. The author captures the magical realism perfectly. Highly recommend .
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