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Preview — The Healing by Jonathan Odell
"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 awarmhearted novel about the unbreakable bonds between three generations of female healers and their power to restore the body, the spirit, an
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The healing for which the book is named refers not only to healing of the body, but also to the power of connecting through stories to heal the parts of us that can't be touched in an ...more
The Book Description: "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 awarmhearted 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 b ...more
I had read enough leading up to the release of the book to know that Jon O'Dell had done massive research so I expected it to outshine The Help. The Help is entertaining, but The Healing is so much more.
The writing is flawless; the story is true to its time in history. This is literature at its finest and it's going
to affect many people. By the time I finished, I was weeping ... and for many reasons:
For the sa ...more
At the end of the audiobook the author includes an interview he had with a very old midwife, as part of his research for the novel. She was in her 80s or 90s. She answers questions such as exactly how she delivered the babies, how many deliveries she had preformed and if any mother had gotten mad at her. Yup, one bit her. This section I adored. What a woman! Midwifery in the South during the 1860s is a ...more
Gran Gran, in her nineties in 1933, recalls the conflicts and hardships of her childhood as a slave and the life altering impact that a wise woman named Polly Shine had on her when she was chosen to learn the woman's healing ways.
I liked the characters Jonathan Odell created, the story is compe ...more
The master brings a healer home, paying an unworldly price for the ancient hoodoo woman. Polly Shine recognizes Granada’s gift and o ...more
1) Historical Fiction. The story takes place just before and after the Civil War so we’re treated to a glimpse of the unrest prior to Emancipation and to the hardship following the war.
2) Young girl’s perspective. We meet Granada when she is just 11. Spoiled (for a slave that is) and petulant, we watch her mature and gain a true understanding of her roots and her identity.
3) Strong female characters. This book is populated wit ...more
The book has wonderful, colorful characters, though not to the point of being unbelievable. It is well written and true to the times. The Healing has been compared to The Help but in, my ...more
This is a story that seems to be about the slave experience in pre-Civil War Mississippi, but is, in many ways, a universal story. I loved that a strong, smart, independent woman was a central character. I loved that this was ...more
The first time I talked to anybody about this book I told my husband I was listening to an audiobook about plantation slaves from a woman's point of view and I was really having a hard time b ...more
"All Freedom is two words: 'Yes' and 'No.'"
So simple, but so true, this book delves ...more
I like that this story shows the importance of being visible and that we need to care ...more
The Healing by Jonathan Odell is that book.
Granada, a young slave girl and the pampered pet of the grieving mistress, has her eyes opened and her life changed when the master buys Polly Shine, a healer. Polly immediately recognizes that ...more
I wanted to like this book- and I did - sort of. I just found many of the characters and situations unbelievable. Polly Shine can "read" people so well - but can't predict what Granada will do after the incident with Rubina? And the "master" spending $5000 and building a hospital for a "slave" who does pretty much whatever she wants?!
I get and like the message that everyone has a history and can't be defined by what others want them to be- but I found the apprenticeship of Granada (where the mes ...more
Master Satterfield bought Polly Shine, a slave and a healer, to cure his slaves of a mysterious plague. While ...more
I am the author ...more