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The Healing

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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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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...more
Susan  Odetta
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
"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)
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!
Wasn't really a fan of this, but I respect the craft.
Sara Lamers
A dense book - I need to reread this one.
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RK Byers
she's a delicious writer.
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After earning the Frances Steloff Award for Fiction while attending Connecticut College, Jones graduated with a Masters in creative writing at Brown University.

The same year, she published her first book Corregidora.[2] She was Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Ever since leaving that post, Jones has kept her life private in order to concentrate on her writing.[3] Her papers are c...more
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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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