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3.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 53.78 out of 5 3.78 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Watson Trilogy Release Date:
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One of a very few National Book Award honorees to be nominated for fiction and nonfiction, Peter Matthiessen creates a curious blend of both in this tragic prequel to Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man’s River. An amazing novel in its own right, Bone by Bone caps the trilogy featuring the enigmatic E. J. Watson.

During the Reconstruction era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn’t commit, E. J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went. Finally it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror.

Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall’s excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Matthiessen has created an unforgettable slice of deeply true and resonant American history.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Matthiessen makes you feel, viscerally, how hate begets hate. A rich, provocative novel.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Peter Matthiessen directs language as if it were a marching band, choosing each word for sound, as well as meaning. George Guidall—recognized by this magazine as one of twelve Golden Voices—is that marching band.” 


  • “A brilliant character study, and a provocative commentary on the ‘capitalist energies’ that built modern America.”  

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean | 7/21/2013

    " third part of his haunting, vivid, "Mr Watson" trilogy. loses something by being based in the present, but wraps it up nicely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Daniel | 5/31/2012

    " The characters in this book were like watching car wrecks, or dangerous animals. It felt like a really long book. I accidentally read Bone by Bone without knowing it is the last of a trilogy. Now I want to read the others: Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man's River. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Casey | 1/2/2012

    " Bone by Bone was a very dry book for me. being the third book in the trilogy it didn't grasp my full interest and was a book I almost dreaded reading. Although it was dry for me, if you are interested in the civil war and violence and racial issue this book would be a good read for you "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Barbara | 7/22/2011

    " The third in a series of three superbly written novels that explore the dark history of southwest Florida and the mysterious Mr. Watson. "

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