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Bone River [Format Kindle]

Megan Chance

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Selected by Amazon's editors as a Best Book of the Month in Literature & Fiction, December 2012

In the mid-19th century, Leonie Monroe Russell works alongside her husband, Junius, an oysterman in Shoalwater Bay in the Pacific Northwest. At night she continues her father’s lifelong obsession: collecting artifacts and studying the native culture that once thrived in the Washington Territory.

On her 37th birthday, Leonie discovers a mummy protruding from the riverbank bordering her property--a mummy that by all evidence shouldn’t exist. As Leonie searches for answers to the mummy’s origins, she begins to feel a mystical connection to it that defies all logic. Leonie’s sense that otherworldly forces are at work only grows when news of the incredible discovery brings Junius’s long lost son, Daniel, to her doorstep. Upon his unexpected arrival, a native elder insists that Leonie wear a special shell bracelet for protection. But protection from whom? The mummy? Or perhaps Daniel?

Leonie has always been a good daughter and good wife, but for the first time, these roles do not seem to be enough. Finding the mummy has changed everything, and now Leonie must decide if she has the courage to put aside the expectations of others to be the woman she was meant to be.

From award-winning author Megan Chance, Bone River is a haunting, lyrical tale of passion and identity.

Biographie de l'auteur

Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Olympia, Washington, Megan Chance is the award-winning author of several novels, including City of Ash, Prima Donna, The Spiritualist, and An Inconvenient Wife. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a criminal defense attorney, and their two daughters.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 395 pages
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (4 décembre 2012)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 étoiles sur 5  928 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 "...a singular truth waiting to be found..." 12 octobre 2012
Par Kiwi - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It took a good 150 pages before this book kicked in and became interesting, but from there I enjoyed the mysterious story and the characters which were filled with many secrets and long held promises. These promises never seemed to help anyone in the end and the damage they did to others created a vacuum of uncertainty and betrayal. Lea became the focal point of this injury, learning that her life was merely a dream which others had created around her. When Daniel entered the picture, the glass walls were shattered and she began to accept her visions and herself for who she really was....and she then begins a journey of self realization and self love.

It's an intricate, mystical story which weaves in and out of reality and keeps us guessing all along. The characters are believable and yet unreliable, and full of imperfections which severely effect the lives of others. It is often those who are steadfast and believable who should not be trusted. Overall, a good solid read but I felt it was 100 pages too long.
28 internautes sur 30 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is the story of a very stoic group of people... 24 janvier 2013
Par Rick O - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This is the story of a very stoic group of people living in the Washington Territory of the Pacific Northwest during the mid 1800s. Megan Chance spins a tale of mystery and intrigue that grips the reader and will not let go until you have read all 386 pages. Only a person who lives in the Northwest could describe the weather like Megan does. I have not felt this cold and wet reading a book since I read Dan Simmon's 'The Terror'. Megan's descriptions of the foul weather actually made the book feel cold in my hands! The constant rain, flooding, and harvesting of the oyster beds accords the proper atmosphere for this arcane novel. Before I tell you about the story, I have to give Megan Chance kudos for the critique in descriptive writing. It's ironic that this story is set in the 1850s, because that's the time period for some of the greatest descriptive writers; such as, Hawthorne, Melville, and Dickens. I'm not saying this book is a classic, but I think her writing style draws the reader into the story's time period and location better than most modern authors.

In the prologue, a famed ethnologist is dying and makes his seventeen year old daughter Leonie promise to marry his protege Junius, even though he is at least 25 years her senior. In the first chapter, we flash forward 20 years. Leonie, a housewife and drawer of relics, lives in her deceased father's cabin with her now husband Junius, a oysterman and ethnologist. Also living there is her father's long time associate, Lord Tom, a Chinook Indian. The day after a storm ( and there are many! ) Leonie finds a mummy in a basket partly uncovered on the bank of the river. Lord Tom and Junius help her dig it out. Who is this female mummy? Is she a precursor to the indians, as her father had imagined? How did she get there and how did she die? On page 20, Leonie thought " I looked back down at the mummy. Junius, like my father, believed there had been an advanced culture here before the primitive indians had supplanted it..." Leonie then took charge of the find and immediately started having nightmares about a Indian woman running in the grass, trying to tell Leonie something. What was the mummy trying to tell Leonie in her dreams? At this point, Daniel Russell, Junius's son from a previous undissolved marriage shows up presumably as a reporter for a San Francisco newspaper doing a story about the mummy. Hostilities ensue between Daniel and Juniius with Leonie caught in between.

At this juncture, a Indian medicine woman named Bibi ( Lord Tom says she is a fake ) shows up and tells Leonie of impending danger and gives her a charmed bracelet to wear. Junius pressures Leonie to dissect the mummy so he can send the information to Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian Museum. Leonie delays the cutting, because she is still having undeciphered dreams. Leonie consults her dad's journals and finds out that he was working on a unknown experiment. How did this relate to her and the mummy? The dreams get worse. She starts having feelings for Daniel. Where will all this lead to? On page 148, Leonie is still unsure that the mummy is ancient, even as she remembered her father saying " Promise me you'll fight such sensibilities. Logic, my dear. Logic is your only friend". She still can't decide to cut open the mummy. Somethings wrong! What is it? Why does she have this lust for her husband's son? Then she finds her father's cave bear tooth necklace in the mummy's dress! What's going on! Papa has been dead for twenty years! If you want to find out what happens next, I suggest that you grab a copy of this wonderful story and start turning pages.

Some of the sidebars that I enjoyed were the Indian legends and tales told by Lord Tom, the protector of Leonie. The sprinkling in of Chinook words and sayings were particularly entertaining ; such as, wake kloshe ( bad luck ), kani ( it lives ), mesachie tomawanos ( bad spirit ), and okustee ( daughter ). The 16th century's plastica theory was another incidental link to this tale that was highly instructive. On page 308, her father wrote in his journal "I wonder if perhaps God, like an artist sketching the same thing over and over again until he reaches perfection, must have created the various human groups in experiment, trying out his vision of man in lesser forms before he settled on the last and best". Is this the unknown experiment her father was working on before he died? If so, how is the mummy involved?
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Storyline not quite as satisfying as its promise 9 décembre 2012
Par Marta - Publié sur Amazon.com
Part historical romance set in the second half of the 1800s, part supernatural mystery, Bone River brings to life an isolated, starkly beautiful area of Shoalwater Bay, Washington Territory from the viewpoint of a woman who loves the area and its dying-out native traditions. Leonie seeks, in her father's footsteps, to preserve what remains through the science of the times, ethnography, though she is also caught between reverence for traditional cultures, wanting to meet the expectations for a scientific career despite the handicap of being a woman, the desire for children that would jeopardize that career, and the inability to conceive. The story revolves around her discovery of a mummified body and her husband's insistence on sending it to a collector. Strangely drawn to the mummy, Leonie wants to be the one to discover its secrets, but she is warned off by dreams and conflicting warnings from two natives. Then her husband's long-lost son shows up. The setting and mood are strongly established, though the supernatural messages were repetitious and the mystery predictable.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Promising premise delivers ho hum results 18 novembre 2012
Par Vermeer fan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It's the mid 1800's in the Pacific Northwest and your ailing father tells you he wants you marry the handyman twenty years your senior. If you're Leonie Monroe and only 17 years old, you dutifully agree and become Junius's wife and go into the family business of collecting local Chinook and other Indian artifacts to send back East to the museums and collectors.

Until the day when the river flowing past your house reveals the mummified body of a woman curled inside a basket. She's dressed as one of the local Indians and she "speaks" to Leonie in her dreams, showing her walks in high grass with her little daughter. As Leonie sketches the woman's body prior to sending her off to one of the East Coast collectors, she finds that the woman has been garrotted...and the talisism her Papa treasured and which has been missing for years, a cave bear necklace, falls out of the woman's clothes.

Further complications arise as Junius's son Daniel comes on the scene, eager to track down the father that abandoned him and his mother. Leonie and Daniel develop a mutual sexual attraction that is repressed until Leonie almost drowns while out oystering with Daniel and things quickly spiral out of control in this dank, storm- and flood- threatened corner of the world.

While the place of women as almost chattel in this story feels right for the times, the plot is foreshadowed by the time Daniel arrives on the scene. Part romance, part ghost story, the promise anticipated in the setting fails to deliver what could have been a wonderful twisty storyline. A bit of the local Indian culture is revealed but that too, could have been furthered more than it was. Ah, what could have been...
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Remarkable story 26 janvier 2013
Par sparky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've just finished reading Bone River, and I have to say that I truly enjoyed it. I looked forward to reading it each night. While others seem to have thought it slow to start, I did not. I was drawn into Leonie's world almost immediately. For a first person narrative (which can sometimes be a bit tedious with inner musings), Bone River tells a very good story of Leonie, Junius, Lord Tom, and finally, Daniel. The tension, at times, is palpable, but I enjoy trying to solve a good mystery and watching how characters wind themselves in and out of each other's lives.
Megan Chance does an excellent job of pulling readers into the drama of Bone River and keeping us turning pages!
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