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...more
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
The same year, she published her first book Corregidora. 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. Her papers are c...more
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