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The healing : a novel
Jonathan Odell
Adult Fiction ODELL

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Beth55423 said:
A must read for lovers of historical fiction. *****
posted May 23, 2012 at 6:26PM
Avatar for Brookdale Library Staff Brookdale Library Staff said:
Great story that taught me something about life as a slave on a southern plantation. This story was about a young girl and her apprenticeship with a healer, who used plants and wisdom passed down from her ancestors. An amazing story of the strength of family bonds that supersedes the hardships of life. Julie
posted Feb 11, 2013 at 5:25PM
Susan L. said:
Polly Shine is a strong, charismatic slave healer on a plantation in the pre-Civil War South who takes a reluctant girl named Granada in her care. Years later, Granada remembers how Polly taught her to heal others when she finds herself in charge of a motherless girl. This novel is beautiful written and inspired by true-life events.
posted Apr 10, 2013 at 7:21PM
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main characters Amanda Satterfield
Addicted to opium; grieving over the death of her daughter she took a newborn slave child and claimed her as her own.

African American
Former slave; taken in as an infant by Amanda after the death of her own daughter; sent away from the plantation after the arrival of Polly; became an apprentice to Polly at her four-room hospital.

Polly Shine
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Purchased by Amanda's husband to treat the slaves on his plantation.

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