Return of the Bones

  • by Belinda Vasquez Garcia
  • Narrated by Sarianna Gregg
  • 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards WINNER for BEST HISTORICAL FICTION!
Return of the Bones is a dazzling family epic of love and forgiveness. In 1915, 2,067 skeletons were stolen from the ghost pueblo of Pecos and transported to Harvard University for medical research...In present day and across the miles, the wind carries their cries to Grandfather, who hears the bones longing for home. But worlds collide when his modern granddaughter agrees to drive him across the country to bring home the bones of their Native American ancestors.
Hollow-Woman and Grandfather are the last of the Pecos people, but she is not interested in ancient skeletons. She works at an Indian casino, while Grandfather is a shaman and values tradition. She hopes the road trip will heal their broken hearts.
Grandfather fashions a magical dream catcher to help her "see" her ancestors' lives, and come to love the missing bones, as he does. While driving a ratty old pickup-camper, the cantankerous Grandfather and stubborn Hollow-Woman bicker from New Mexico to the Peabody Museum.
A glowing literary work, with religious undertones of the persecution of Native Americans by the Catholic Church's Spanish Inquisition. Return of the Bones pulses with emotion. The narration by actress, Sarianna Gregg, is filled with the comical way Grandfather looks at the world while embracing the heartbreak and spirituality of the Native American peoples.
You may know these famous bones on which landmark studies proved that exercise prevents osteoporosis!
Did you know that President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, dug up Geronimo's grave and stole his skull for initiation into the Skull and Bones Society at Yale?
Return of the Bones is enhanced with video and pictures through the book’s website http://magicprose.com .

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Engaging Story of New Mexico's Pecos Pueblo

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I wanted to listen to this book because it was based on the true story of the Pecos Pueblo – how the bones of their ancestors were removed in the 1920’s from their resting place in New Mexico and shipped off to Harvard for study.

The beginning started out slowly for me, but I understand that the author needed to lay the foundation with the necessary history. Thankfully, Belinda Vasquez Garcia didn’t get on her soapbox and denounce the evils of our country’s early beginnings by the Spanish and early American settlers.

Rather, the story centers on Hollow-Woman and Grandfather who are the last of their tribe and who travel cross country to retrieve the bones of their ancestors. Grandfather shares with his granddaughter where the bones came from and what they mean to their tribe and descendents. Needless to say, Hollow-Woman is disgruntled at first and reluctant to go on this road trip with the old man.

Sarianna Gregg’s narration accurately depicted Hollow-Woman’s transformation during the road trip from a modern non-believer to proud Pecos descendent. She also demonstrated the comical way Grandfather looks at the world while embracing the spirituality of the Native American peoples.

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- LilMissMolly "LilMissMolly"

Return of my money, please

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Some interested in listening to people rant about ancient atrocities.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Better historical fiction.


Would you be willing to try another one of Sarianna Gregg’s performances?

Not especially.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

The feeling that I (or anyone else) could have written it better. Annoyance with the plot.


Any additional comments?

Contrived plot. If grandfather was so old, how old was he when he fathered the girl's mother? If he was so old and frail, why take him anywhere? He is a total pain, and he won't shut up.

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- mary "Loves historical fiction mysteries."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2013
  • Publisher: Belinda Vasquez Garcia