The Healer of Fox Hollow

The Healer of Fox Hollow According to folklore in the Smoky Mountains When you enter the world with your feet pawing the air before your eyes can see where to put them it s a strong sign you ll lose your way from time to ti

  • Title: The Healer of Fox Hollow
  • Author: Joann Rose Leonard
  • ISBN: 9781936467358
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Paperback
  • According to folklore in the Smoky Mountains, When you enter the world with your feet pawing the air before your eyes can see where to put them, it s a strong sign you ll lose your way from time to time Right from the start, Layla Tompkin s way forward is full of detours after her mother dies in breech birth, leaving only her and her devoted, sorrowful father, Ed Then,According to folklore in the Smoky Mountains, When you enter the world with your feet pawing the air before your eyes can see where to put them, it s a strong sign you ll lose your way from time to time Right from the start, Layla Tompkin s way forward is full of detours after her mother dies in breech birth, leaving only her and her devoted, sorrowful father, Ed Then, at the age of five, Layla is rendered mute after a horrible accident God is leading Layla to speak in new tongues, proclaims Pastor Simpson at the local serpent handling church Soon after, Layla is found to possess the gift of healing and her reputation spreads Even Doc Fredericks, the area s skeptical physician, is forced to re examine scientific tenets when Layla s healing touch is the only treatment that brings relief to his son Brian, whose legs were blown off by a landmine in Vietnam Doubt and the miraculous, loss and survival, hurt and forgiveness collide when a secret challenges what everyone holds true, leaving Layla, her family and the community profoundly changed in a story about what it means to be truly healed.

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    1. Layla lives with her father Ed in a small house in a rural area of the Smokey Mountains. Her mother died while giving birth to her but she and her father have managed to get along through life as best they can. Ed loves Layla and cares for her with all the love a father can have. While he works he leaves her with the neighbor family. A very religious group who go to a church of "snake handlers." Ed isn't much for church but feels Layla needs some religious instruction so he sends her off with th [...]

    2. This book has a little bit of everything: romance, violence, religion, a-religion, cheesiness that makes you roll your eyes, cheesiness that makes you grudgingly tear up just a little bit Any way, I enjoyed it. It was easy to read. Between a 3 and a 4 star read for me.

    3. Some characters enter your heart from page one and maintain a place there through each page of the story and beyond. Layla is one of those characters. Not since Fannie Flagg's Daisy Fay, from Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, have I so cherished a character.Layla faces unspeakable tragedy very early in her life, from the death of her mother moments after her birth to losing her tongue in a horrific scene at the age of five. The town whispers behind her back, talk of a serpent taking her tongue and [...]

    4. Layla's story mesmerized me right from the start. Leonard captures the thoughts and level of understanding of a young child, without infantilizing the plot or losing her reader's attention.The way in which Layla perceived the world around her struck me. While her family loved her, they were limited in their ability to address her concerns. She had no one, really, to help her interpret the trauma she experienced or what she experienced in church. Because of her inability to speak, she has to find [...]

    5. I love being surprised by a book. I picked up The Healer of Fox Hollow for one reason - the blurb on the front from Naseem Rakha. Once I read the description of the story I acknowledged there were a few more elements that appealed to me: the southern setting, the touch of "magic," the idea of overcoming physical adversity. I don't even know where to begin in gushing over this absolute gem of a novel. Because from the first chapter, I was hooked. Completely and totally hooked. And the reason for [...]

    6. I was attracted to The Healer of Fox Hollow because it deals in matters of healing (faith and otherwise) and is set in the Smoky Mountain region of Tennessee. I grew up in Memphis - far from the Smokies - but I've been there and know a bit about the culture there (especially their folk tales) and also know that they are beautiful in ways you can't imagine.The Healer of Fox Hollow is an excellent book with a troubled and traumatized main character who finds her way through her gift of healing. In [...]

    7. This was a different kind of book a good different though. It's the story of Layla, a 5 yr old that wakes up one night with a snake in her mouth and it bites her tongue off. The doctor is suspicious and asks the sheriff to investigate. Nothing turns up and the investigation is closed. Once Layla is well enough she is dropped off at the sitter's and during the course of the day the family dog dies. Layla touches the dog, her hands get very hot, and the dog returns to life. Her sitter, who attends [...]

    8. This is a unique book! Set in the Tennessee hills of the 1950s, it is the moving story of people and culture I had no idea about. The writing is inventive and at times lushly sensual, for instance a "July afternoon full of insect hum" and a breeze described as "trees exchanging breaths like lovers."I particularly liked the portrait of the father, Ed, a down-to-earth, unlettered, hard-working and loving man with whom I suffered as he agonized about his daughter, Layla. Layla as a child is present [...]

    9. The Healer of Fox Hollow takes place in the Smokey Mountains during the 1950s through the 1970s. It's a heartwarming story about people being there for each other in the face of tragedy. The story moves at a slow pace, sometimes too slow. I was very anxious to find out what really happened to make Layla mute and my impatience made the story drag in the middle for me. Also, I expected a love triangle to form between Brian, Damian and Layla. That would have added a little drama to the story in the [...]

    10. This book was a little slow to get started, but once it did, it was interesting. Layla's mother died in childbirth, and Layla was left with her father, who loved her very much, but struggled with being a single parent. Her aunt, her mother's sister, was very supportive, especially when Layla lost her tongue and became mute at age 5. How she lost her tongue was a bit of a mystery. She attended church with her neighbors who attended a church of 'snake handlers', and Layla was convinced a snake vis [...]

    11. A new book by my friend Joann Rose Leonard, The Healer of Fox Hollow is a beautifully written story of a young girl whose tongue is mysteriously ripped out when she is a child in Appalachia. The novel follows her years of growing up, coping with her disability, her love of nature, and her spiritual struggles. Raised in an atmosphere of fundamentalist belief, Layla is early on taken as having the "gift" of healing, and how she comes to think of that gift forms the key underpinning of the book. La [...]

    12. The Healer of Fox Hollow by Joann Rose Leonard is a story of change, struggle, and perseverance in the great Smoky Mountain town of Fox Hollow between the 1960s and 1970s (around the time of the Vietnam War). Layla and Ed Tompkin live a hard life, carving it from the mountains that surround their home without a feminine hand to guide or support them. Layla spends parts of her day during the week with the Yeagleys, who tend to take the Bible and its teachings literally, while her father works to [...]

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