Drive your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

Drive your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

A Novel

Book - 2019
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In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind...
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2019, c2018.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780525541332
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lloyd-Jones, Antonia


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Dec 16, 2019

This is one of the best books I’ve read in years. Brilliantly written, surprising plot, and moving rhetoric. I absolutely loved it.

Nov 19, 2019

I loved this book! Started missing it as soon as I was done. Waiting to read her previous book now.

Oct 03, 2019

I admit I skimmed some of the astrology stuff--and I studied astrology. Maybe I should have given it a 4 star rating for that reason. This is a well-written (and translated) book; a very different type of mystery. I cheered for the murderer.

Sep 30, 2019

Janina Duszejko, astrologer, lives year round on the « Plateau » near the Czech border, in a village where most only spend summer. She’s as sure as the land that the stars predicted these murders are about animals, but to most she’s « the crazy old lady ». The voice is a little Rachel Cusk with thoughts of human ecology and crime in a fairy tale style. The nature is magnificent. The twist, too. It’s worth the time, as it’s not fast or big, and really brings Eastern Europe alive.

Nicr Sep 15, 2019

Poland. Janina Duszejko, an elderly, misanthropic, animal-loving, astrology-wielding, ghost-perceiving mystic who "see[s] nothing but Catastrophes," is awakened in the night by the neighbor she calls Oddball and led to the scene of the death of the unsavory neighbor she has christened Big Foot. More deaths follow. Mrs. Duszejko is also a former teacher working with a former pupil at translating Blake into Polish, and she is less concerned with finding a murderer than the nature of evil and the course of justice. The title and epigraphs are from Blake, and this is only nominally a murder mystery.


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Feb 12, 2020


Feb 12, 2020

Slow -- too literary for me.

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