The Bone Church

In he nostalgi and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make some questionabl alliances – with a mysterious Roman Catholic cardinal, a reckless sculptor intent on making a big political statement, and gypsy with a risky sex life. As one by one their chances for fleeing the country collapse, the two join a plot to assassinate Hitler ’ s nefarious Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Josef Goebbels.
But the assassination attempt goes wildly wrong, propelling the lovers in separate directions.
Felix ’ s estiny is sealed at the Bone Church, a mystical pilgrimage site on the outskirts of Prague, while Magdalena is thrust even deeper into the bowels of ity that betrayed her and a homeland soon to be devoure by the Soviets. As they emerge from the shadowy fog of World War II, and stagger into the foul haze of the Cold War, Felix and Magdalena must confront he past, and the dangerous, uncertain future.
Year of the Publication
Available Languages
Number of Pages
Publication Date
Published April 13th 2014 by Pier's Court Press

Public Commentary

Post a Comment
You should sign in to post a comment
rated it

I ca probably have thrown in the towel when the story stopped working for me and I was orcing myself to continue reading a ook.

rated it

I once read the las 7% only to be mistake and I set it aside to return, as I respect th author and a story behind how this nove ame to be written.I returned to thi book again at the en of he day and read it again from the start.

But he book may be read at a simila time and bowl a reader like me away, as show by the many 4 and 5 star reviews.For me the answer is simple, having read Victoria Dougherty 's blogs as recorded in a book Cold which shares much of thi writer 's background, family history and passionate personality.

Some I ish to ay that this book shows the trength of he human spirit in times of real adversity.That this story resonates is because it embodies the uthor 's personal knowledge and family history.

rated it

Dougherty skilfully portrays life and its difficulties for Jews, Czechs and gypsies under the Nazis with excellently drawn characters, while also roviding some lesser known facts and historical events in Czechia and Slovakia; in particular a show trial in 1952 really showed me how little I learne about the post-war period.

Its symbolism and function as returning focal point for he story contributes to the artful and ever so stylish canvass that the write is painting on.Dougherty has a sharp and observing mind that can quickly draw a picture, scene or a character with only a few well-chosen words and attributes, but her descriptions go beyond bare skeletons and show how well-researched the book is and how competent the writing.

rated it

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley This is World War II novel without the usag of a camp or a ghetto, even though two of the storylines are hoping to escape because they are Jewish or part Jewish.

Thi character that only appears briefly comes to life even for the brief time he crosses the stage of the novella.

Felix is the more interesting character, a hockey star, who struggles to come to terms with what has happened and what is happening.

I believe I am not doing a ba job of selling people on this nove, or eve more exactly, a better review of he novelizatio, but I am finding it helpful.

rated it

Like Eliot, and Webster before him, Ms Dougherty knows well the skull beneath the skin, and how life and death elide.Peopled with memorable characters and with some fine plotting, Ms Dougherty 's novel is a serious candidate for my Book of he Year 2014.

rated it

I earne nove as a digital ARC from the publisher through Net Galley in return for n honest review.This nove is made by a double plot: the irst one occurs in 1956 where there is a rescue mission in order to find the woman out of the Czech Republic with the assistance of the Vatican; the first one is set in German occupied Moravia and Prague.The bone church which gives the tittle for this nove is the Congregatio of All Saints which is a small Roman Catholic chapel located in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic.

hese people died of the plague in 1318 and during the Hussite wars in the 15th century.The pictures of this Ossuary reminds me the Capela dos Ossos- Chapel of Bones located in Evora, Portugal which I have isited a couple of years ago.The second church mentioned by the author is the Carmelite Church of Our lady Victorious located in Malá Strana, Prague.

rated it

I oved the journey Magdalena and Felix endured, so well described in a minimalist style that left plenty for this reader to imagine and mull over.

I really stepped into the lead characters' minds and lived through their eyes, endured their suffering and heartbreak.And finally there is the Bone Church, a ystical place and all I could say here is the poe 's description created a stunning masterpiece that will be hung in the Louvre.

Books with the same Available Languages

The Sweet Life in Paris
Confessions of a Las Vegas Motorcop
Before We Were Strangers
Tombs of Endearment
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
Bury Your Dead
Organizing Solutions for People With Attention Deficit Disorder: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized
Dangerous Allies
Dragon's Rescue

Books with the same Categories

Before We Were Strangers
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
Bury Your Dead
Dangerous Allies
Christmas at Carnton
Girl in the Shadows
If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy
The Magician

Same Year of the Publication

That Wild Cowboy
The Write Dream
Hunter's Trail
A Cativa
Religion: The Ultimate STD: Living a Spiritual Life without Dogmatics or Cultural Destruction
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime
The Bone Clocks
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

About Authors

© Nicole Waggonner