The Healing - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)
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The Healing - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 03/10/2019
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FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

'A literary giant, and one of my absolute favourite writers' TAYARI JONES

Harlan Jane Eagleton is a faith healer, travelling to small towns, converting sceptics, restoring minds and bodies. But before that she was a rock star's manager and race-track gambler. She's had a fling with her rock star's ex-husband and along the way she's somehow lost her own husband - a medical anthropologist now travelling with a medicine woman in Africa. Harlan tells her story from the end backwards, drawing us ever deeper into her world and the mystery at the heart of her tale - the story of her first healing.

'An important American writer . . . The Healing examines precisely what its title announces: healing from silence, from physical attacks and treachery, from spiritual and cultural isolation, from the pain of old-fashioned, aching, bluesy love . . . It is also a very funny book . . . A moving affirmation of forgiveness and trust . . . The Healing should be cause for hope, sustenance and even celebration' - Valerie Sayers, New York Times

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349012186
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
An American writer with a powerful sense of vital inheritance, of history -- John Updike
An important American writer . . . The Healing examines precisely what its title announces: healing from silence, from physical attacks and treachery, from spiritual and cultural isolation, from the pain of old-fashioned, aching, bluesy love . . . It is also a very funny book . . . A moving affirmation of forgiveness and trust . . . The Healing should be cause for hope, sustenance and even celebration -- Valerie Sayers * New York Times *
Compelled by the southern speech and taut, sparring dialogue of the early fiction, [The Healing] has a witty, savvy, sometimes cynical edge . . . As Harlan trawls black culture, Jones slyly combines folksy, vernacular wisdom with discursive flights. Into this fluid pastiche she mixes pop culture - Oprah, Denzel, Tina Turner - with allusions to Chaucer, Henry James, Ralph Ellison, Ishmael Reed . . . the novel's richness lies in its entertaining meandering, and the vitality of its spoken rhythms' -- Maya Jaggi * Guardian *
Gayl Jones's work remains essential and vital; I will be rereading her catalogue for the rest of my life -- Kima Jones * Nylon *
One of the most distinguished African American women of letters, Jones offers her first novel to be published in twenty years. It is gripping, beautiful and well worth the wait * Ms. Magazine *

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