“In despair, he left that farm and came to Bone Gap when it was a huge expanse of empty fields, drawn here by the grass and the bees and the strange sensation that this was a magical place, that the bones of the world were little looser here, double-jointed, twisting back on themselves, leaving spaces one could slip into and hide.”
In honor of Rachel’s 39th Birthday, I’m watching the Warriors swarm the Hornets. I am thoroughly reveling in Steph Curry’s stats and Rachel Boyle’s years. How have I been lucky enough to know her for 3 full decades?!? Must be grace at work. God’s matchless grace. Like an exceptional read, I cling to her goodness.
Speaking of exceptional reads, I finished Bone Gap with wicked speed. (Not bad for an overworked, worn out old lady with a never-ending to-do list.) Sorry Rae, I used the words old lady in your birthday post. I read “just one more chapter” in the tired a.m. hours, ingested pages over a quick lunch, and I may have even mulled over words while my class watched a persuasive documentary.
Bone Gap has all the elements of an intriguing read: a hero with nicknames like Sidetrack, Spaceman, and Moonface because he refuses to look people in the eye, a beautiful Polish girl who is abducted, an unlikely romance, and a brother who rescues small townsfolk, but can’t save himself from mounting despair. The bereft brothers resign themselves to losing Rosa, ripped from the cornfields by an inexplicably dangerous man. Like pieces of a small puzzle, Spaceman alone connects the mysteries of Bone Gap. I agree, “Laura Ruby weaves a heart-breaking 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.” Well done Miss Ruby. This book was an unsuspected gem.