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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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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
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The silence of bonaventure Arrow
September 29th, 2015
Fabulous book. I thought it was beautifully written. The story line is different from most and intriguing I love books that touch on spirituality and the occult.
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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
June 1st, 2014
Excellent... Forgiveness is so necessary in life
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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
June 1st, 2014
Excellent... Forgiveness is so necessary in life
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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
May 25th, 2014
Unique, faih building. Quite beautiful and thought provoking.
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A magical believable story
May 11th, 2014
Well defined characters play out a story in mystical, other-worldly New Orleans. A thoroughly engaging read.
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January 28th, 2014
This was a very enjoyable read. The concept behind the novel, that Bonaventure can't speak and that he can hear things other people can't, is quite fascinating. I tend to be drawn to books that have an unusual premise such as this one. I recommend it for those with a similar bent.
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January 26th, 2014
Unique premise and evocative descriptions of all that Bonaventure can hear, but a bit predictable and tidy at the end. The vivid descriptions of the worlds of the various characters makes their surroundings come alive and carries the story back and forth across time. Enjoyable.
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January 24th, 2014
This book had the potential to be really enthralling, bit the author falls a little short in providing the rich details that would have made this story more interesting, and lacks the how and why of Bonaventure's 'gift'. The ending also falls flat, with everyone's story tying up a little too neatly and without reason.
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January 9th, 2014
I enjoyed this book but found it a little precious and wearying.
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The silence of bonaventure arrow
November 4th, 2013
What caused Bonaventure Arrow to be mute? Interesting tale of a boy and his family
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The Silence Of Bonadventure Arrow
July 22nd, 2013
A very unique book....for me it was a hard start ..But soon I was hooked and could not put it down
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Odd, yet captivating
July 1st, 2013
Didn't think I would like this book after the first chapter due to the mystical side, but I found it so captivating! Couldn't put it down and was sad when it ended!
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Marvellous book
May 4th, 2013
This is a book to be savoured. Reading it quickly will cause you to miss the colours that are woven so intricately in this tapestry of characters. It will stay with you long after you have finished it
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