This book was such a terrific read. I loved that it was told from so many different perspectives, really felt immersed in the lives of all the characters. I appreciated the friendships that developed between Drunetta, Raycie, and Rose; they were so great for each other and really pulled me in to the story being told. Would be great to see spin-off’s to tell more about the lives of each of the friends and children we met. – Amazon Review
How We Healed: a novel
BEST BOOK AWARD FINALIST for American Book Fest
“An often vivid family saga, centered on a satisfyingly complex matriarch.” – Kirkus Reviews
“This book did an excellent job of teaching essential life lessons.” – OnlineBookClub.org Review
There is nothing ordinary about the journey we take in life, or the people in it.
A tale of starting over and an unforgettable odyssey of healing.
How We Healed follows Drunetta Brown, an oppressed black housewife desperate to escape her drunkard husband and small-town southern life. After fleeing with her youngest children to New York City in 1957, she finds unlikely friendship with Sister Rose, a church secretary, and Miss “Raycie” Rayceen, a boisterous bar singer. These women prove to be the right friends at the right time as they help Drunetta navigate her journey of self-discovery.
With a determination uncharacteristic of her time, Drunetta ultimately learns what’s worth sacrificing—and, more importantly, what isn’t—to secure her place in a changing world.
The book was well written and sucked me in at the very beginning. The stage was set and the show began and didn’t stop until the end. I enjoyed the different characters and learning about each of them. The story was engaging, emotional and beautiful. Great job!! -Amazon Review
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