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Bone Gap Hardcover – March 3, 2015
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“BONE GAP marks Laura Ruby as one of fiction’s most original voices. She is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness. This book is magic realism at its most magical.” (E. Lockhart, author of WE WERE LIARS)
“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.” (SLJ)
“With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, BONE GAP is utterly bewitching.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))
“Cleverly conceived, and lusciously written.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“The real magic in Bone Gap is the discovery of love, an idea many stories misrepresent but Bone Gap explores with the utmost honesty and truth.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review))
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Top Customer Reviews
It was a bit slow for me to start, but the mystery of Roza pulled me in and the sinister, otherwordly magic lurking in the gaps of Bone Gap captivated me. This is one of those books I read so fast I was hardly aware of time passing. Though you don't get a full explanation (it is magical realism, after all) of all the otherwordly mysteries in this world, the ending was definitely satisfying. I loved it.
Roza came into the brothers’ lives in need of help, and they gave it. The town, subsequently, fell hard for the lovely Roza. Her hands brought plants and vegetables into the world as if by magic, and since she disappeared, Bone Gap is just a little less greener, the crops more wilted. Finn actually witnessed Roza’s disappearance, and the man that took her, and now he’s spotted that man again. But, no one will listen to Finn (who is frustratingly unable to provide details about the mysterious figure), so he must find a way to get Roza back himself.
Meanwhile, Roza is being held in what seems to be a construct of the man that took her (her locations vary, as if in a dream.) He keeps her prisoner, yet grants her any wish (except her freedom, of course), while repeatedly asking her if she loves him yet.Read more ›
Bone Gap is a bizarre and gritty tale about perception, growing up, and learning to see beyond the surface of a person into what makes them unique.
Bone Gap perfectly captures the power of gossip and perception in a small town. The way that labels have a life of their own and are continued through constant use. The people of the town adore nicknames that function as stigmas, they dictate how each character lives their life and it’s hard to escape one this mask is placed on them. In Bone Gap, what the town thinks of you can make or break your life there and shackle you to a very limited concept of self.
The characters are intriguing and diverse. They each have unique, memorable personalities (though I would have liked to have seen more character interactions). From bee tamers to vivacious Polish girls, each character has a story that you’ll want to hear.
I appreciate books that I can learn from and Bone Gap had several quirky facts that I’d never heard about before. The psychological condition of face blindness for one, the foods and customs of Poland, and the complex art of beekeeping all drew me into the story.
Alternating POVs flip-flopped between past and present. Hearing Roza’s story propelled the mystery forward and left many things uncertain.
Bone Gap is, at times, extremely slow to the point of losing interest. The story is a portrait of small town life and while it can be boring in nature, the mystery kind of got lost in the mundane monotony of everyday life.
Some sections were so strange and borderline psychotic that it hit magical realism and sounded like an entirely different book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a wonderful book. I regret that sexual situations prohibit me from including it in my middle school classroom collection.Published 1 day ago by Paula Mc
The writing itself was wonderful. But, the story just didn't do it for me. There was no explaination for anything. Nothing connected well for me at all. Read morePublished 1 day ago by dmd2005
I enjoyed reading this book. I'm usually very good at guessing where a story is going, but this one surprised me. Read morePublished 3 days ago by M. Johnson
Bone Gap is a quiet and masterful tale of two brothers living in a small town whose lives are changed by the mysterious appearance of a beautiful Polish immigrant. Read morePublished 5 days ago by NC YA Librarian
An innovative story that contains both reality and fantasy. I loved the characters and fell in love with Roza as well as Sean and Finn. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Nelda Brangwin
When I first started this book I was very interested in the story right away. I wanted to know about Finn and why he behaved the way he did. Read morePublished 16 days ago by The Owl
My favorite parts was reading about and imagining Petey's place among the bees and all the midnight riding adventures.
Finn O'Sullivan lives a hard scrapple life with his brother, Sean in rural Illinois. Their father is dead and their mother left them years ago. Read morePublished 25 days ago by MJS