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Compelling, tragic, comic, tender and mystical... Combines the historical significance of Kathryn Stocketts The Help with the wisdom of Toni Morrisons Beloved. —Minneapolis Star TribuneRich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is awarmheartedMoreCompelling, tragic, comic, tender and mystical... Combines the historical significance of Kathryn Stocketts The Help with the wisdom of Toni Morrisons Beloved. —Minneapolis Star TribuneRich in mood and atmosphere, The Healing is a warmhearted novel about the unbreakable bonds between three generations of female healers and their power to restore the body, the spirit, and the soul.In Antebellum Mississippi, Granada Satterfield has the mixed fortune to be born on the same day that her plantation mistresss daughter, Becky, dies of cholera. Believing that the newborn possesses some of her daughters spirit, the Mistress Amanda adopts Granada, dolling her up in Beckys dresses and giving her a special place in the family despite her husbands protests. But when The Master brings a woman named Polly Shine to help quell the debilitating plague that is sweeping through the slave quarters, Granadas life changes. For Polly sees something in the young girl, a spark of The Healing, and a domestic battle of wills begins, one that will bring the two closer but that will ultimately lead to a great tragedy. And seventy-five years later, Granada, still living on the abandoned plantation long after slavery ended, must revive the buried memories before history repeats itself.Inspirational and suspenseful, The Healing is the kind of historical fiction readers can’t put down—and can’t wait to recommend once they’ve finished.A remarkable rite-of-passage novel with an unforgettable character. . . . The Healing transcends any clichés of the genre with its captivating, at times almost lyrical, prose- its firm grasp of history- vivid scenes- and vital, fully realized people, particularly the slaves with their many shades of color and modes of survival. —The Associated PressFrom the Hardcover edition.