The HealerBook - 1998
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.
From Library Staff
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.