Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Bone Gap

Bone Gap
Laura Ruby
Releasing March 3 2015

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?

Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

One of the deepest, well-kept secrets of my very pocketed literary heart: I adore magical realism.

(Well, here at least it is a well-kept secret, simply because I haven't been reviewing as I should or chronicling my stop-and-start obsession with devouring ALL the magical realism titles YA has to offer.)

I covet stories like this because they feel like they can literally sink down into my marrow: very rich, thick with potential for magic and well-spun words...The kind of story you can dwell in.

It also helps when you've been fortunate to have had wonderful conversations with the author herself and know that you'll regret it if you don't read more words produced from that creative mind.

I do not have the best luck with requesting titles from this particular publisher online, though, so I suppose I'll have to sit on my hands and wait for the release date. Which is so very, very far away. Ah, the joys of being a reader.

ETA: On reviewing the GoodReads page for Bone Gap, I note that it's shelved as a contemporary and not a magical realism per se? Perhaps I'm applying my own hopes to it and the fact that the wonderful Nova Ren Suma recommended it to me a few months ago (and just a general note that you never, ever doubt Nova's recommendations - ever).

So we'll see.


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