The Bones of Paradise
On Sale: July 25, 2017
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Romance Historical | Romance Western
Ten years after the 7th Calvary massacred more than two
hundred Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee,
J. B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native
woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J. B.’s land.
The deaths bring together the scattered members of the
Bennett family: his cunning and hard father, Drum; his
estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his young sons, Cullen and
Hayward. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the
history of the dysfunctional Bennett’s and their damning
secrets are revealed—exposing the conflicted heart of a
nation caught between past and future.
A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers,
and dreamers, Jonis Agee’s bold new 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.
“The finest western novel since Lonesome Dove.” —New York
Journal of Books
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