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Bone Gap by [Laura Ruby]
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Bone Gap Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 324 ratings

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Length: 373 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


A thoroughly unforgettable experience.

-- "Franny Billingsley, award-winning author of The Folk Keeper and Chime"

[Ruby] is capable of moving you to tears, terrifying you on deep and dreamlike levels, and making your heart shout with happiness.

-- "E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author"

In Ruby's refined and delicately crafty hand, reality and fantasy don't fall neatly into place. She compellingly muddles the two together right through to the end...Wonder, beauty, imperfection, cruelty, love, and pain are all inextricably linked but bewitchingly so.

-- "Booklist (starred review)"

It is a rare book that sits comfortably on the shelf with the works of Twain, McCullers, Conroy, Stephen King, and D'Aulaires' Greek Myths-rarer still that a novel combines elements of these authors together. Bone Gap does just this, to superb effect.

-- "School Library Journal"

Lush and's a novel about actual changes in worldview, and all its science and myth and realism and magic are marshaled, finally, to answer crucial questions about empathy and difference and the ways we see the people we love.

-- "New York Times Book Review"

Magical realism is a beloved subgenre, often difficult to pull off. Ruby's latest excels at combining the everyday with the mystical, pulling you in and not letting go until the final, fantastical conclusion. Her characters are vivid and wonderful, her story a fable, but not. This one's a winner.

-- "RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)"

One part magical realism and two parts fantasy...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.

-- "VOYA"

Prepare for the extraordinary. Narrator Dan Bittner does an exceptional job guiding listeners through this compelling novel of love and beauty, identity and power. His narration flows like a river, interweaving the stories...Bittner skillfully voices characters of all ages and backgrounds. Of special note are Roza's soft-spoken Polish-accented English and the kidnapper's unctuous voice, which is fifty percent charm, twenty percent oil, and thirty percent very disturbing. This is a must listen-a consummate blend of text and voice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.

-- "AudioFile"

Told from the viewpoints of multiple Bone Gap citizens, this inventive modern fable whimsically combines elements of folklore, mythology, romance, and feminism...Refreshingly original.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

With lyrical and often stunning prose, Laura Ruby delivers a magical love story and chilling thriller with a cast of characters both surprising and endearing. Bone Gap will haunt you.

-- "Steve Brezenoff, author of Brooklyn, Burning" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

About the Author

Laura Ruby is the author of books for adults, teens, and children, including the Edgar-nominated mystery Lily's Ghosts, the 2006 Book Sense Pick Good Girls, and the acclaimed novels Play Me and Bad Apple. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFA in writing for children and young adults program and lives in the Chicago area. You can visit her online at

Dan Bittner is an actor and voice talent and winner of several AudioFile Earphones Awards for audio narration. He has starred on stage and on the screen, in movies such as Men in Black, Adventureland, and the Producers: The Movie Musical. He has also appeared onstage as Macbeth and Sherlock Holmes in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

--This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • Publication Date : March 3, 2015
  • Print Length : 373 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00KVI77JI
  • File Size : 1052 KB
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Publisher : Balzer + Bray; Reprint Edition (March 3, 2015)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 324 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivatingly Beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars I just felt like the magical elements were unneccessary
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars No what I expected but very good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oky goodish book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing book that isn't easy to define
Reviewed in Germany on October 30, 2015
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