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The Healing

The Healing


Harlan Jane Eagleton is a faith healer, travelling by bus to small towns, converting sceptics, restoring minds and bodies. But before that she was a rock star’s manager, and before that a beautician. She’s had a fling with her rock star’s ex-husband and a rich African-German racehorse dealer; along the way she’s somehow lost her own husband, a medical anthropologist now traveling with a medicine woman in Africa. Harlan tells her story from the end backwards, drawing us constantly deeper into her world and the mystery at the heart of her tale – the story of her first healing.
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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


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