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meeshbv26, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by meeshbv26)
I had a difficult time putting The Healing down. I found my heart pained for Gran Gran. I wanted to see her story resolved, but also wasn't sure if I was prepared for it. I finally gave in and sat and read. I needed to finish it. I was not disappointed. The ending to Gran Gran's story was beautiful and perfect. I, too, felt healed.

There was so many moments where after reading a line or passage I had to stop and pause. A silent, contemplative "wow" passed through my mind before I could continue.

I've shared this amazing book with my mom and my sister, who were not disappointed. You won't be either! This book has affected me greatly, both the characters as well as the power and grace of Odell's storytelling.

I highly recommended the Author's Notes, only after you read the book in its entirety. The details of Odell's family and upbringing only add to the richness of The Healing.
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Odell, Jonathan
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dell, Jonathan
Literature-Coming of Age
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"Synopsis" by , Plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield’s intense grief over losing her daughter crosses the line into madness when she takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague that is sweeping through the plantation’s slave quarters, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave woman known as a healer who immediately senses a spark of the same gift in Granada. Soon, a domestic battle of wills begins, leading to a tragedy that weaves together three generations of strong Southern women.

Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is a powerful, warmhearted novel about unbreakable bonds and the power of story to heal.

"Synopsis" by , The pre-Civil War South comes brilliantly to life in this masterfully written novel about a mysterious and charismatic healer readers won’t soon forget.


Mississippi plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield loses her daughter to cholera after her husband refuses to treat her for what he considers to be a “slave disease.” Insane with grief, Amanda takes a newborn slave child as her own and names her Granada, much to the outrage of her husband and the amusement of their white neighbors. Troubled by his wife’s disturbing mental state and concerned about a mysterious plague sweeping through his slave population, Master Satterfield purchases Polly Shine, a slave reputed to be a healer. But Polly’s sharp tongue and troubling predictions cause unrest across the plantation. Complicating matters further, Polly recognizes “the gift” in Granada, the mistress’s pet, and a domestic battle of wills ensues.  


Seventy-five years later, Granada, now known as Gran Gran, is still living on the plantation and must revive the buried memories of her past in order to heal a young girl abandoned to her care. Together they learn the power of story to heal the body, the spirit and the soul. 


Rich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is the kind of novel readers can’t put down—and can’t wait to recommend once they’ve finished.

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