The Bones of Paradise

The Bones of Paradise

Large Print - 2016
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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: J.B.s cunning and hard father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons, Cullen and Hayward. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the history of the dysfunctional Bennetts and their damning secrets is revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught between past and future."--Amazon.com
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410495488
1410495485
Characteristics: 681 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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AL_ANNAL 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.

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22METZ
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.

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gusmcrae
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.

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Reads_A_Lot
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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