Title: The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
Author: Rita Leganski
Genre: Adult fiction, Magical realism
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Conceived in love and possibility, Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. No one knows Bonaventure’s silence is filled with resonance – a miraculous gift of rarified hearing that encompasses the Universe of Every Single Sound. Growing up in the big house on Christopher Street in Bayou Cymbaline, Bonaventure can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He can also hear the gentle voice of his father, William Arrow, shot dead before Bonaventure was born by a mysterious stranger known only as the Wanderer.
Bonaventure’s remarkable gift of listening promises salvation to the souls who love him: his beautiful young mother, Dancy, haunted by the death of her husband; his Grand-mere Letice, plagued by grief and long-buried guilt she locks away in a chapel; and his father, William, whose roaming spirit must fix the wreckage of the past. With the help of Trinidad Prefontaine, a Creole housekeeper endowed with her own special gifts, Bonaventure will find the key to long-buried mysteries and soothe a chorus of family secrets clamoring to be healed.
For my first review, this fabulous story by Rita Leganski was an easy choice. It was by far my favorite read this year! It was one of those books that I was sad to see come to an end. The writing is beautiful, the characters are endearing and the story is wonderful.
Little Bonaventure arrives into the world after the tragic death of his father, William, that leaves his mother, Dancy so grief stricken that it deeply effects the yet to be born Bonaventure. I fell in love with this sweet boy who never uttered a sound yet could hear colors, the grass growing, a butterfly’s wings, the stories contained in the objects around him and the feelings of others. Through Bonaventure’s special gift and the help of the HooDoo woman, Trinidad, the family finds love, healing and forgiveness.
I highly recommend savoring this book with your favorite cup of tea and getting lost in Bonaventure’s New Orleans.