The Healing

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Wheeler Publishing, 2011 - Fiction - 557 pages
19 Reviews

The pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this masterfully written novel about a mysterious and charismatic healer readers won't soon forget
Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a "slave disease." Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife's disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer. But Polly's sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes "the gift" in Granada, the mistress's pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.
Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul.
Rich in mood and atmosphere, "The Healing" is the kind of novel readers can't put down--and can't wait to recommend once they've finished.

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User Review  - tloeffler - LibraryThing

Gran Gran Satterfield is visited by Lucy, a dying woman and her daughter Violet. After Lucy dies, Violet is mute, but when she discovers the clay models Gran Gran has created of her friends and fellow ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carolee888 - LibraryThing

Amazing! I think that The Healing by Jonathan Odell is one the best books of the year. This is great American Historical Fiction. It is set in two time periods, 1933 and the Pre-Civil War era. When ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jonathan Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation in a small town. At college he became an activist and sold The Ebony Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota. The View from Delphi is the author's first novel.

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