The Healer

The Healer

Book - 1998
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When recently widowed journalist Tim Wakelin heads north in search of a story about a local healer named Caroline Troyer, he enters a world that is real yet strange. Familiar landmarks disappear and extraordinary events unfold as his life becomes intertwined with hers. Even the landscape itself--the ancient rocks, myriad lakes, and cathedral forests of the Canadian Shield--becomes a source of threat. How can he understand this strange and beautiful woman when he is no longer sure why he has really come or what is happening to him? And Caroline, who is aware that her ability to heal is only part of a mysterious process of transformation that she is undergoing, must break free of the chains of her abusive family. Perhaps Tim can provide the sanctuary she needs, if he has the strength to survive the violent forces unleashed by his arrival. Darkly beautiful, illuminated by flashes of wit and great lyricism, written in a compelling cadence all its own, The Healer is a work of immense power and original sensibility.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperFlamingo, c1998.
ISBN: 9780002255165
Branch Call Number: FIC Holli
Characteristics: 309 pages


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Winner, 1998. Finalists: “Childhood” by André Alexis,
“The White Bone” by Barbara Gowdy,
“The Colony of Unrequited Dreams” by Wayne Johnston, and
“The Love of a Good Woman” by Alice Munro.

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ilanajayne Jan 31, 2010

I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like it should be an interesting story.

The middle of the story seemed to get lost within its own twists turns, and the ending fell short of satisfaction for me.

I would not recommend this book.

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