The Bones of Paradise

The Bones of Paradise

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Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, J.B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J.B.'s land. The deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett family, while exposing their damning secrets. Dulcinea, returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and reclaim the land that is rightfully hers. Rose, scarred by the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister, Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged.
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062413475
Branch Call Number: FICTION Agee 2016
813.6 A265
Characteristics: x, 416 pages ; 24 cm


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ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Part Greek tragedy, Western, family saga, and murder mystery this literary historical novel evokes the beauty of the Nebraska Sand Hills. Booklist and Kirkus starred reviews.

DBRL_ANNEG Oct 13, 2017

Well-done Western saga that follows the tragedies of a family living in the Sand Dune Hills of Nebraska in the years after the massacre at Wounded Knee. Author Jonis Agee shines most through the unique voices she gives her characters, helping to bring the story and world its set in to life.

Aug 18, 2017

Great western saga. Tragedy and brutality. The slaughtering of innocent native American women and children. The harsh life in Nebraska. A dysfunctional family. This book has it all.

Mar 31, 2017

Well-done Western saga that follows the tragedies of a family living in the Sand Dune Hills of Nebraska in the years after the massacre at Wounded Knee.

The story gripped me in the first-third and then again in the last several chapters, but the middle dragged a bit, which is why I'm not giving it a higher rating. I did generally enjoy the voice Jonis Agee gives her characters and would try another book from her.

Sep 01, 2016

Good western saga. Not a quick or easy read, but a deep read with strong characters - both likeable and unlikeable. The book cover describes it best - a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, an exploration of the beauty and brutality, tenderness and cruelty of the American West. I liked it.


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