The award-winning author of The River 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. Download and start listening now!