Facts and Figures
Published: December 29th 2016, Faber & Faber
Genre: Magical realism
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
What’s the story?
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
What did I think?
I had wanted to save this one to read over the Christmas break but curiosity got the better of me and I had to dive in sooner. I’m so glad I did, as Bone Gap provided exactly the escapism I was looking for. With rich, lyrical prose and a beautiful, dreamy story that transports you to right into the heart of Roza and Finn’s story, I was sold from chapter one. It’s the perfect book to jump into when you’re curled up on the sofa with a mug of tea in one hand and a furry creature (preferably a warm dog) on your lap.
Who would I recommend it to?
If you’re looking for something to lift your spirits from the dreary post-Christmas blues then Bone Gap should be at the top of your wishlist.