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The Bones of Paradise

(2016)
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"A beautifully written epic that seamlessly intertwines a family's history with a region's, and, ultimately, with a nation's. This is an ambitious novel."
Ron Rash


The award-winning author of TheRiver Wife returns with a multigenerational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee - an ambitious tale of history, vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging, filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence, love, and a desperate loyalty to the land.

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.

At the center of The Bones of Paradise are two remarkable women. 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.

A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers, and dreamers, Jonis Agee's bold novel is a panorama of America at the dawn of a new century. A beautiful evocation of this magnificent, blood-soaked land - its sweeping prairies, seas of golden grass, and sandy hills, all at the mercy of two unpredictable and terrifying forces, weather and lawlessness - and the durable men and women who dared to tame it. Intimate and epic, The Bones of Paradise is a remarkable achievement: a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality, tenderness and cruelty that defined the settling of the American West.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

December 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: The Bones of Paradise (Thorndike Large Print Western Series)
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 1-4104-9548-5 / 978-1-4104-9548-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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August 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: The Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 0-06-241347-3 / 978-0-06-241347-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: The Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 0-06-241348-1 / 978-0-06-241348-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
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August 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: The Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 0-06-256564-8 / 978-0-06-256564-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow
Availability: Amazon   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bones of Paradise
Author(s): Adele Hall Professor of English Jonis Agee
ISBN: 1-5047-3369-X / 978-1-5047-3369-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
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August 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 1-5047-3370-3 / 978-1-5047-3370-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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August 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
ISBN: 1-5047-3371-1 / 978-1-5047-3371-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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August 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

August 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Bones of Paradise: A Novel
Author(s): Jonis Agee
Publisher: William Morrow
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