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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonis Agee Narrator: Christina Traister Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780062445650
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A beautifully written epic that seamlessly intertwines a family’s history with a region’s, and, ultimately, with a nation’s.”

    Ron Rash, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Half murder mystery and half family saga…[and] a spirited reweaving of history.”

    Stewart O’Nan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Part noir, part Western, and all kinds of good…a remarkable tale of greed and violence…Agee is a master novelist.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Rose and Dulcinea are women strong enough to cow John Wayne [in] this sexy, violent, intricate Western.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Agee’s emotionally rich tale is as wild and sprawling as the Midwestern plains…Gritty Western, family saga, mystery [and] memorable tale of redemption.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Christina Traister tackles a large cast of characters in this epic Western mystery…Traister’s narration is expressive, especially when she voices Dulcinea and the many laconic ranch hands…Her emotive reading captures the beautiful desolation of the Sand Hills depicted in Agee’s novel.”

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About the Author

Jonis Agee is an award-winning author whose novels include the New York Times Notable Books Sweet Eyes and Strange Angels. A native of Nebraska, she taught for many years at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She now lives north of Omaha on an acreage along the Missouri River and teaches at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

About the Narrator

Christina Traister has worked nationally as a professional actor for over fifteen years with a career focusing on classical theater. She currently teaches acting, voice, and stage combat in the Department of Theatre at Michigan State University, and lives in the country with her husband and three daughters.