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The Healing

The Healing

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
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 3rd October 2019

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780349012186

Reviews

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
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
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
Gayl Jones's work remains essential and vital; I will be rereading her catalogue for the rest of my life
Kima Jones, Nylon
An American writer with a powerful sense of vital inheritance, of history
John Updike