The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

Rita Leganski

fiction fantasy historical magical realism
emotional reflective slow-paced

400 pages | first published 2013

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.

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emotional 100%
hopeful 83%
reflective 66%
inspiring 50%
sad 50%
adventurous 33%
dark 16%
informative 16%
lighthearted 16%
mysterious 16%
relaxing 16%

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medium 83%
slow 16%

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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