Gayl Jones

Finalist, 2022 National Book Awards
Finalist, 1998 National Book Awards

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University and has taught at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan.
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The Birdcatcher

ISBN 9780807029947 Beacon Press

Set primarily on the island of Ibiza, the story is narrated by the writer Amanda Wordlaw, whose closest friend, a gifted sculptor named Catherine Shuger, is repeatedly institutionalized for trying to kill a husband who never leaves her. The three form a quirky triangle on the white-washed island. More about this book >

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The Healing

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ISBN 9780807063149 Beacon Press

The Healing is a lyrical and at times humorous exploration of the struggle to let go of pain, anger, and even love. Slipping seamlessly back through Harlan’s memories in a language rich with the textured cadences of the black Southerner, Gayl Jones weaves her story to its dramatic-and unexpected-beginning. More about this book >

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Gayl Jones

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University and has taught at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan. Her landmark books include Corregidora, Eva’s Man, and The Healing, the last a National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Palmares, her first publication in over twenty years, was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection, and the recipient of countless other accolades.

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