Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ready, Set, Read!

This year I resolved to read more books and watch less TV. 
My to-read list now includes the selection for this year's One Book One Middletown series of events. The description reveals this book to be far different from those that tend to capture my interest. I read the short blurb on the Russell Library's website and thought, kind of bizarre and a little poetic. Who knows, maybe I'll like it. 
I reached outside my usual taste to read the science fiction novel Ready Player One a couple years back because it was a One Book selection, and I enjoyed it a lot. There's just something exciting, like being an insider, about reading the same book a bunch of other people are reading at the same time, even if they're strangers and you never end up talking to anyone about it. It's kind of like watching American Idol so you might get a chance to bond with your coworkers about it the next day, except less Ryan Seacrest and Simon Fuller, and more Oprah Winfrey and Cheryl Strayed.

One Book One Middletown

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow - 2014The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow cover

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.

Events To Be Announced - check for updates at or on the One Book page of the Rotary Club of Middletown:

1 comment:

Linda Bowers said...

This is a great book. They are for sale at The Book Bower, inside Main St. Market.