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House of Light: A Novel
Dr. Abyssinia Jackson is a regal, nurturing woman possessed of remarkable healing powers. From her office, known as The House of Light, Abyssinia tends to the troubled women of Ponca City. House of Light is a story about a community bound by caring and love, about the pleasures of helping others and ourselves, and about the power to heal that lies deep within us all.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published March 21st 2001 by Hyperion
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This book takes place in a small midwestern town settled by black people. The central character is a female physician in town who is a deacon in the church and the person everyone goes to in town for both emotional and physical healing. There are a series of stories, mainly about women and their abusers. the abusers range from husbands and boyfriends to the white women in the next town that the black women clean for. In the beginning of the book I was fascinated by the depth and complexity of th ...more
I started out really liking the book, but then the story seemed to go off in a bunch of different directions and didn't really make sense. So my overall impression is that it was just an ok read. I feel like she really didn't tie up any of the story lines. You're left hanging.
Joyce Carol Thomas is an internationally renowned author who received the National Book Award for her first novel, Marked By Fire, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for her first picture book, Brown Honey In Broomwheat Tea. Her other titles include I Have Heard Of A Land, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; The Gospel Cinderella; cCrowning Glory; Gingerbread Days; and A Gathering Of Flowers. Ms. Thomas ...moreMore about Joyce Carol Thomas...