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The Healing

A Novel
Odell, Jonathan (eBook - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Healing


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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. 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.
Authors: Odell, Jonathan, 1951-
Title: The healing
a novel
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York :, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday,, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource (340 p.)
Summary: 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. 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.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 038553468X
9780385534680
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This book was written from the point of view of Grenada both as an old person and as a child in the slave years. It would have been better to tell the story from her childhood up rather than fluctuating back and forth between her life as an old woman helping an unfortunate child and her previous adventures of being a child on the plantation. Too much back and forth but well written with good descriptions of the place, time, and emotional content

Report This Aug 15, 2013
  • stevie22 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is so well written. I took loads of notes and quotes as I read. The story is engaging and so vivid. Imagine my surprise when I learned the author's background. A definite must read. I still might recommend it for my book club. Excellent writing! Takes you there.

Report This Aug 10, 2013
  • mandy1234 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was my favorite this summer. The characters were well developed and interesting. O'Dell does a beautiful job of keeping your curiosity peaked so you want to keep reading and at the same time don't want the story to end. The ending was a wonderful surprise.

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • seattlecarol rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book far to quickly enjoying every moment. I did not want this book to end and do hope there is a sequel. From the beginning I found myself quickly attached to each of the characters wondering what would happen next. This book is a treasure.

Report This Feb 12, 2013
  • jeanie123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I didn't just read this book, I drank it in through my eyes and let the river flow into my heart and soul. Amazing!

Report This Sep 27, 2012
  • luckylorie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A virtual extravaganza of memorable characters, and seething with descriptions of the intolerably hot, swampy lands of the South that slaves were forced to toil on. This book has something for everyone, but particularly for women willing to commit to the long-term goal of freedom from the mental and physical abuse of ownership, rather than the short-term goal of 'favors' from the Master. This is one of the few books which underscores the beauty of being a dark girl.

Report This Sep 19, 2012
  • Ulla11 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a fantastic story!! I am recommending it to everyone I know who loves reading books. Like 'The Help" this book too looks at the relationship between African Americans and white Americans but goes so much further into the times of slavery, subsequent abolition, and shows the power of women slaves who contributed to the freedom of others. Extremely well written and highly recommended. Oh...and keep your hankies at the ready. You will need them.

Report This Mar 07, 2012
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent story, well-written, highly recommended.

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