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Eli Singer, a rancher and poet in remote Eastern Montana, sees his life upended when a long-buried corpse?which turns out to be a murder victim from Eli's childhood?erodes out of a hillside on his property. This discovery forces Eli to turn inward to revisit the tragic events in his past that led to a life-changing moment of violence, while at the same time he must reach outside himself toward Chloe, a literary agent from New York whom he is falling in love with. In the tradition of such classic western writers as Thomas McGuane, James Lee Burke, Ivan Doig and Jim Harrison, A Bloom of Bones is a poignant and moving exploration of family, community, and the echoing ramifications of violence across generations, as well as a genre-subverting literary mystery.
Allen Morris Jones is the author of a novel, Last Year's River, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble pick, a highly-regarded exploration of the ethics of hunting, A Quiet Place of Violence, and co-editor, with William Kittredge, of The Best of Montana's Short Fiction. He has published numerous articles, essays, short stories, and poems in various publications. Living in Bozeman, Montana, five minutes from the Gallatin River, he is currently editor-in-chief of the highly-regarded magazine Big Sky Journal, and runs his own publishing house, Bangtail Press.