Adult Book Club
Published on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 4:21pm
In observance of Black History Month, read The Healing by Jonathan Odell.
Insane with grief at the death of her daughter, plantation mistress Amanda Satterfield steals a newborn slave from its mother, christens the infant Granada, and presents the child in her own daughter's clothes at public events, much to the outrage of her husband, whom she blames for her daughter's death. Seeing no ordinary remedy for his wife's madness and terrified of losing his slave population to a mysterious plague, Amanda's husband purchases Polly Shine, a thorny old healer whose sharp tongue and seditious predictions unsettle and enrage the plantation.
Is Polly a clever charlatan, meddlesome witch, or divine redeemer? When Polly recognizes "the gift" in Granada, now a willful, house-raised slave of twelve, a battle of wills erupts that persists over four generations.
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