New Teen Fiction: Bone Gap – Laura Ruby

Three starred reviews and a School Library Journal rave for this haunting, dark, suspenseful examination of how we perceive one another and how that perception creates our reality. I found it arresting and sophisticated for a YA novel—easily a crossover read for adults.

“Ruby’s enigmatic novel weaves together the brutal realism of small-town cruelties and sexual violence with the best kind of dreamlike folk magic, inflecting the hard parts with fairy tale softness…and shimmering, hopeful mysticism. With rich characters, captivating world building, and a stunning secret at its heart, Bone Gap is utterly bewitching.”
Booklist (starred review)

Told from the viewpoints of multiple Bone Gap citizens, this inventive modern fable combines elements of folklore, mythology, romance and feminism….Both Roza and Finn’s love interest, Priscilla, develop over the course of the magically real journey into strong women to be reckoned with…. Cleverly conceived and lusciously written.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“One part magical realism and two parts fantasy, Bone Gap is a story of whispering corn, buzzing bees, and glimpses of magic in parallel universes…Like in so many classic small-town stories, the town of Bone Gap becomes an integral character. Its collective judgment influences each main character; its magic is both the question and the answer to this very complex, emotional puzzle….”
Voya (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….Evil happens, embodied in a timeless, nameless horror that survives on the mere idea of beauty. Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”
School Library Journal

Bone Gap (9780062317605) by Laura Ruby. $17.99 hardcover. 3/3/15 on sale.

 

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