The Healing

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 13, 2012 - Fiction - 340 pages
14 Reviews

Plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague that is sweeping through the plantation’s slave quarters, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave woman known as a healer who immediately senses a spark of the same gift in Granada. Soon, a domestic battle of wills begins, leading to a tragedy that weaves together three generations of strong Southern women.

Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is a powerful, warmhearted novel about unbreakable bonds and the power of story to heal.

 

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User Review  - joeydag - LibraryThing

Very moving story about race, freedom, and healing. The author creates a great frame for telling stories from the Mississippi Delta about a legendary healer on a plantation and her impact on a child ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Section 1
22
Section 2
38
Section 3
50
Section 4
52
Section 5
58
Section 6
67
Section 7
74
Section 8
98
Section 17
202
Section 18
254
Section 19
256
Section 20
270
Section 21
276
Section 22
286
Section 23
292
Section 24
304

Section 9
100
Section 10
134
Section 11
144
Section 12
146
Section 13
154
Section 14
162
Section 15
172
Section 16
182
Section 25
306
Section 26
314
Section 27
316
Section 28
322
Section 29
326
Section 30
331
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About the author (2012)

JONATHAN ODELL is the author of the acclaimed novel The View from Delphi, which deals with the struggle for equality in pre-civil rights Mississippi, his home state. His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous collections. He spent his business career as a leadership coach to Fortune 500 companies and currently resides in Minnesota.

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