The Healing

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Wheeler Publishing, Mar 7, 2012 - Fiction - 557 pages
14 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  - 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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