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Bones of Paradise - A Novel

Jonis Agee

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Christina Traister

Length:

14h 29m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:25


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

20:41


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

18:19


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

21:36


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

19:07


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

22:27


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

20:27


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

21:19


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

08:38


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

15:59


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

27:07


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

17:10


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

20:12


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

22:01


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

16:16


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

18:49


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:42


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

08:57


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

12:31


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

28:29


Part 3, Chapter 20
Part 3, Chapter 20

29:59


Part 3, Chapter 21
Part 3, Chapter 21

09:02


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

10:54


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

34:45


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

20:25


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

03:23


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

17:15


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

18:33


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

18:52


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

19:25


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

18:54


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

23:17


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

23:41


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

16:48


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

23:40


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

21:18


Part 5, Chapter 36
Part 5, Chapter 36

02:24


Part 5, Chapter 37
Part 5, Chapter 37

15:57


Part 5, Chapter 38
Part 5, Chapter 38

09:16


Part 5, Chapter 39
Part 5, Chapter 39

27:46


Part 5, Chapter 40
Part 5, Chapter 40

15:06


Part 5, Chapter 41
Part 5, Chapter 41

27:21


Part 5, Chapter 42
Part 5, Chapter 42

12:57


Part 5, Chapter 43
Part 5, Chapter 43

04:36


Part 5, Chapter 44
Part 5, Chapter 44

14:06


Part 5, Chapter 45
Part 5, Chapter 45

07:45


Part 5, Chapter 46
Part 5, Chapter 46

19:05


Part 5, Chapter 47
Part 5, Chapter 47

21:13


Part 5, Chapter 48
Part 5, Chapter 48

14:12


Part 5, Chapter 49
Part 5, Chapter 49

06:24


Part 5, Chapter 50
Part 5, Chapter 50

00:38