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Balm - A Novel

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history-the trauma of the War and the end of slavery-in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future. 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, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and 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 a desperate, 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.

The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history-the trauma of the War and the end of slavery-in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future. 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, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and 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 a desperate, 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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The New York Times bestselling author of Wench returns to the Civil War era to explore the next chapter of history-the trauma of the War and the end of slavery-in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future. 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, but she cannot heal her own damaged heart. To mend herself and 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 a desperate, 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Lisa Renee Pitts

Length:

9h 15m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:05


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

22:51


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

14:50


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

11:44


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

17:32


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

18:44


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

19:21


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

20:45


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

17:22


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

19:42


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

15:22


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

14:08


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

20:13


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

20:51


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

14:42


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

16:54


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

19:50


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

21:35


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

12:13


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

13:47


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

16:53


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

14:12


Part 3, Chapter 22
Part 3, Chapter 22

21:40


Part 3, Chapter 23
Part 3, Chapter 23

23:29


Part 3, Chapter 24
Part 3, Chapter 24

16:14


Part 3, Chapter 25
Part 3, Chapter 25

16:52


Part 3, Chapter 26
Part 3, Chapter 26

19:02


Part 3, Chapter 27
Part 3, Chapter 27

18:10


Part 3, Chapter 28
Part 3, Chapter 28

14:03


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

16:48


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

15:59


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

15:26


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

10:58


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

01:20