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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review


About Balm

Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: Amistad (May 26, 2015)

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench—called "a fascinating and tragic story" by NPR.org, "deeply moving" by USA Today, and "lyrical and devastatingly beautiful" by People magazine—returns to the Civil War era to explore history's next chapter in this powerful story of love and healing.
The Civil War has ended, and Madge, Sadie, and Hemp have each come to Chicago in search of a new life.
Born with magical hands, Madge has the power to discern others' suffering and ease it, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and continue to help those in need, she must return to Tennessee to face the women healers who rejected her as a child.
Sadie can commune with the dead, but until she makes peace with her father, she, too, cannot fully engage her gift.
Searching for his missing family, Hemp arrives in this northern city that shimmers with possibility. But redemption cannot be possible until he is reunited with those taken from him.
In the bitter aftermath of a terrible, bloody war, as a divided nation tries to come together once again, Madge, Sadie, and Hemp will be caught up in an unexpected battle for survival in a community desperate to lay the pain of the past to rest.
Beautiful in its historical atmosphere and emotional depth, Balm is a stirring novel of love, loss, hope, and reconciliation set during one of the most critical periods in American history.
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My Thoughts:

Giving readers a different, unique view of the Post Civil War era, author Dolen Perkins-Valdez once again delivers a mesmerizing and fascinating story of three people who find themselves struggling to make a place in life after the war that divided a nation.

Perkins-Valdez has a masterful way of telling the story through the eyes and voices of her characters and includes plenty of detail and historical background making this historical novel a must read for fans of this genre,

I enjoyed Perkins-Valdez's first novel, "Wench," and enjoyed "Balm" just as much. I look forward to seeing what she has up her storytelling sleeve next!

About Dolen Perkins-Valdez


Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Wench. Her fiction has appeared in the Kenyon ReviewStoryQuarterly, StorySouth, and elsewhere. In 2011 she was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction. She was also awarded the First Novelist Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine. A graduate of Harvard and a former University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, Dolen Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, D.C., with her family.

Find out more about Dolen at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to Harper Collins/Amistad for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I really enjoyed her novel WENCH and this new book is getting great reviews so I already have it on my TBR list. Thanks for being a part of the tour!