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General Information

Name:  Rita Leganski  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Leganski lives outside of Chicago and teaches at DePaul University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leganski holds an MA in writing and publishing and a BA in literary studies and creative writing from DePaul University. She teaches a writing workshop at DePaul's School for New Learning.

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Titles At Your Library

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow: A Novel
ISBN: 0062113763

Harper Paperbacks. 2013

A magical debut novel from Rita Leganski, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is the tale of a mute boy whose gift of wondrous hearing reveals family secrets and forgotten voodoo lore, and exposes a murder that threatens the souls of those who love him.

Bonaventure Arrow didn’t make a peep when he was born, and the doctor nearly took him for dead. But he was listening, placing sound inside quiet and gaining his bearings. By the time he turns five, he can hear flowers grow, a thousand shades of blue, and the miniature tempests that rage inside raindrops. He also hears the voice of his dead father, William Arrow, mysteriously murdered by a man known only as the Wanderer.

Exploring family relics, he opens doors to the past and finds the key to a web of secrets that both hold his family together, and threaten to tear them apart.

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New Orleans, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow is a magical story about the lost art of listening and a wondrous little boy who brings healing to the souls of all who love him.


The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow

  • Arthur Weinberg Memorial Prize for a work of historical fiction
  • 2014 ILLINOIS READS Book

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