Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of Balm, on tour May/June 2015

Posted By on May 18, 2015

BalmAbout 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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About Dolen Perkins-ValdezDolen

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.

Dolen’s Tour Stops

Wednesday, May 27th: Peeking Between the Pages

Friday, May 29th: Kritters Ramblings

Tuesday, June 2nd: A Bookish Way of Life

Thursday, June 4th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Monday, June 8th: Book Babe

Tuesday, June 9th: Just One More Chapter

Wednesday, June 10th: Belle’s Beautiful Books

Monday, June 15th: Raven Haired Girl

Tuesday, June 16th: Read. Write. Repeat.

Wednesday, June 17th: Lit and Life

Saturday, June 27th: A Dream Within a Dream

Monday, June 29th: Wall-to-Wall Books

Friday, July 3rd: Jorie Loves a Story

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