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The Healing

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews

Gayl Jones's special gift is to shape experience and make it seem unshaped. -John Alfred Avant, The New Republic

Gayl Jones's first novel, Corregidora, won her recognition as a writer whose work was gripping, subtle, and sure. It was praised, along with her second novel, Eva's Man, by writers and critics from all over the nation: John Updike, Maya Angelou, John Edgar Widema

Hardcover, 283 pages
Published February 3rd 1998 by Beacon Press (first published January 26th 1998)
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Jan 04, 2008 Sheba rated it it was amazing
I know a lot of people won't like Miss Jones. Her style, like Proulx, is unique. She writes as her character thinks: stream of consciousness.

And this particular narrator may not be all that interesting to some. She is a black woman faith healer--and not all that fancy of one. That is, she is gifted, but she sees it as less of a gift and more of a professional skill. There aren't a lot of theatrics to her healing, it's more on the level of the daily--you dig?

Maybe this tells you more about me tha
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Jan 20, 2013 Susan Odetta rated it really liked it
Not an easy book to read, but worth the effort. At first the rambling stream-of-consciousness style takes a little getting used to. But soon enough the pace and rhythm of the style feel natural and tend to make the story better. Many scattered gems of wisdom are found in the twists and turns of the narrative. Then there's the twist that the story is told backward in time, so the reader has many unanswered questions that are answered in fits and starts, and only finally illuminated at the very en ...more
Dec 19, 2015 Nancy rated it did not like it
I did not care for the writing style if this book and could not read beyond page 30.
Nov 05, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
"this one ain't just an American book but the heroine travels not just among different classes but among people of different nationalities and political persuasions it suggests more improvisational techniques and has sort of a modified frame and an open-ended resolution that's why she calls it picaresque..." (Page 248)
Jan 05, 2009 Shane rated it it was ok
I need to do a speed re-reading of this very odd and challenging book since I'm writing a paper on it for an essay collection; I don't know how I suckered myself into writing this paper when I really don't have much to say about the book!
Aug 09, 2007 snb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't really a fan of this, but I respect the craft.
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Aug 18, 2007 Sara Lamers rated it liked it
A dense book - I need to reread this one.
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Sep 26, 2009 RK Byers rated it really liked it
she's a delicious writer.
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Gayl Jones (born November 23, 1949) is an African-American writer from Lexington, Kentucky. Her most famous works are Corregidora, Eva's Man, and The Healing.

Jones is a 1971 graduate of Connecticut College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. While attending the college she also earned the Frances Steloff Award for Fiction. She then began a graduate program in creative writi
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“There are things that a woman sings, and only a woman knows the full meaning. You may sing for men as well as for women, but only a woman knows your full meaning. I am not a feminista. I only think a woman should be true to who she believes herself to be. Or who she wants herself to be. Or who she imagines herself to be. I don't know what I mean, or whether I'm true myself to any of that. I don't think there are many of us who are true to our possibilities.
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