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THE SILENCE OF BONAVENTURE ARROW
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Taking inspiration from classic Southern novels, this tale of acceptance and forgiveness has touches of mysticism and magic. Evocative descriptions of sounds color the story beautifully. Occasionally the author gets bogged down in character background and mixed chronology, but overall it’s poignant, with lively characters and a satisfying ending.
Born mute but with extraordinary hearing, Bonaventure Arrow can hear colors, distant happenings in space and the stories behind everyday objects. He can also hear and converse with the spirit of his dead father, murdered before his birth by a mysterious drifter. His mother and grandmother both feel guilt over the death for different reasons, and keep objects that remind them of it. Under his father’s instruction, Bonaventure must find and remove the objects to free his family from the guilt. (HARPER, Mar., 400 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Leah Hansen
Published: March 2013