"In this novel brimming with ideas, the most constant is the notion of a woman's absolute need to determine for herself who she is."
—Linda Raymond, The San Francisco Chronicle
"Jones has taken on many conventions of oral storytelling—a repetition of phrases, a relaxed flow of comment, interruption, and ongoing action—to good effect. With this wily, witty testimony of good and bad faith, Jones triumphantly reenters th e fray."
—Marcie Hershman, The Boston Globe
"Moving back and forth in time, Jones weaves a tale that rewards the reader with a euphoric conclusion. . . . The writing is masterful: repetitions in sentences, abrupt changes in the linear narrative, and the use at times of an earthy argot, all create tension and suspense while simultaneously propelling the story."
—N. Graham Nesmith, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The remarkable thing about Harlan, and about The Healing from the opening chapter, is the way in which her insatiable curiosity and trenchant observations sweep the narrative along—though backward, from Harlan's faith healer present to her pa st. Each time shift moves Harlan ever closer to the source of her true calling."
—Judy Doenges, The Seattle Times
"One of the most distinguished African American women of letters, Jones, who is also a playwright, poet, and short story writer, offers her first novel to be published in the U.S. in 20 years. It is gripping, beautiful, and well worth the wait."
—Barbara Findlen, Ms. magazine
Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949; she attended Connecticut College and Brown University; she has taught at Wellesley and the University of Michigan. The Healing is her first novel published in twenty years—and with it she became a fina list for the National Book Award. Her preceding awards include a Mademoiselle Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and a Schubert Foundation Grant for Playwriting. Her other books include the novels Corregidora, Eva's Man, and < I>Mosquito; a story collection, White Rat; the book-length poem Song for Anninho; and a nonfiction work, Liberating Voices: Oral Tradition in African American Literature. Jones has reading knowledge of six languages and has been learning Japanese and Indonesian.