Jonis Agee, a prolific novelist and first-place winner in fiction for the 2017 Celebration of Nebraska Books, will read from The Bones of Paradise: A Novel at 6 p.m. Monday at Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St.

“The Bones of Paradise is a multigenerational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee. A kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers, and dreamers, Agee’s bold new novel is a panorama of America at the dawn of a new century,“ writes publisher HarperCollins.

Agee joins Theodore Wheeler, author of Kings of Broken Things. This powerful and fiery story takes place during the summer of 1919 in Omaha – a city ready to implode. The two novels complement each other with their Nebraska historical references and poignantly human connections.

Books will be available for purchase and the authors will sign them during Monday's session at Francie & Finch, an independent bookstore located in the historical Telephone Building. It sells new books of all kinds including the arts and music, history and non-fiction. There is a dedicated children’s section, local art and a selection of vinyl albums.

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