The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski was so good, I didn’t want to write this review.
It was so good, I didn’t want to share it with you.
It was so good, I couldn’t face that it had ended. That I finished reading the last page.
It was so good, I wanted to close my eyes and go back to the warm and swampy Louisiana with Bonaventure and his mother Dancy.
It was so good — I think you get the point. I read The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow during the ice storm and it was possibly the only thing I enjoyed doing during this time. The story begins in the 1950s, in the fictitious town of Bayou Cymbaline, Louisiana. A man named William Arrow meets a waitress named Dancy at a diner. They hit it off and get married after an unplanned pregnancy. Happily ever after is destined until William is shot dead months before baby Bonaventure is born.
I’m warning you now that The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is impossibly sad but it’s also wonderfully enchanting. Bonaventure is born mute, he never speaks a word — but he can hear everything from memories to colours to the voice of his dead father who needs his help to accomplish a few things before he can get to heaven. The events to follow are a mix of voodoo/hoodoo magic and religious (Catholic) will.
Bonaventure is an angelic little boy that wants to help his schoolmates find the right crayon, wants to make his mother stop crying, wants to be Captain America. Rita Leganski takes us all into mourning with Dancy but you never lose hope that all will be recovered thanks one loveable little boy.
Photo credits: countryliving.com (Photographer: Bjorn Wallander)