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The healing : a novel
Jonathan Odell
Adult Fiction ODELL

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Summary: "Compelling, tragic, comic, tender and mystical... Combines the historical significance of Kathryn Stockett's The Help with the wisdom of Toni Morrison's Beloved ." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is anbsp;warmhearted novel about the unbreakable bonds between three generations of female healers and their power to restore the body, the spirit, and the soul. In Antebellum Mississippi, Granada Satterfield has the mixed fortune to be born on the same day that her plantation mistress's daughter, Becky, dies of cholera. Believing that the newborn possesses some of her daughter's spirit, the Mistress Amanda adopts Granada, dolling her up in Becky's dresses and giving her a special place in the family despite her husband's protests. But when The Master brings a woman named Polly Shine to help quell the debilitating plague that is sweeping through the slave quarters, Granada's life changes. For Polly sees something in the young girl, a spark of "The Healing," and a domestic battle of wills begins, one that will bring the two closer but that will ultimately lead to a great tragedy. And seventy-five years later, Granada, still living on the abandoned plantation long after slavery ended, must revive the buried memories before history repeats itself. Inspirational and suspenseful, The Healing is the kind of historical fiction readers can't put down--and can't wait to recommend once they've finished. "A remarkable rite-of-passage novel with an unforgettable character. . . . The Healing transcends any clichés of the genre with its captivating, at times almost lyrical, prose; its firm grasp of history; vivid scenes; and vital, fully realized people, particularly the slaves with their many shades of color and modes of survival." -- The Associated Press


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main characters Amanda Satterfield
Female
Married
Addicted to opium; grieving over the death of her daughter she took a newborn slave child and claimed her as her own.

Granada
Female
African American
Former slave; taken in as an infant by Amanda after the death of her own daughter; sent away from the plantation after the arrival of Polly; became an apprentice to Polly at her four-room hospital.
Midwife

Polly Shine
Female
African American
Purchased by Amanda's husband to treat the slaves on his plantation.
Healer



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