Joann Rose Leonard, author of The Healer of Fox Hollow, on tour July/August 2012

Posted By on May 30, 2012

About The Healer of Fox Hollow

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Vantage Point (July 1, 2012)

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 devastating injury.

“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.
“…tough, tender, and terrifyingly beautiful. It touches spirituality in ways that will please the Believer and the Doubter alike and for all its simplicity delves into the deep mysteries of life with complexity and nuance. It is a wonderful book.” — John Pielmeier, award-winning screenwriter of Agnes of God, Choices of the Heart, Sins of the Father, The Pillars of the Earth  “…a serpentine narrative that grips and bites. It’s moving and funny…[an] amazing novel.” — Frank Galati, Tony Award-winning director/screenwriter of The Grapes of Wrath, Ragtime, The Accidental Tourist  “Tender and lyrical, The Healer of Fox Hollow is the story of how a young girl, stripped of her ability to speak, finds beauty and wholeness amidst the brutality hidden in a hollow in the Smoky Mountains. Beautifully written… Leonard makes words shine…” — Naseem Rakha, International bestselling author of The Crying Tree

About Joann Rose Leonard

Wisconsin born JOANN ROSE LEONARD was Texas-raised and has chigger bite scars to prove it, theatre-trained and frostbitten at Northwestern University, and worked as an actress in New York.   She studied mime in Paris with Marcel Marceau while dubbing films into English to earn her daily baguette; raised 9 kids (2 human, 7 goats) in State College PA, where she was founder and director of MetaStages, the youth theatre program at Penn State University, and, with her husband, Bob, a retired professor and theatre director, has relocated to CA to be nearer their sons, Jonathan (DJ Child, an award-winning music producer and founder of the multi-media company, Project Groundation) and Joshua (actor/filmmaker including The LieHigher Ground and The Blair Witch Project.) Joann is author of The Soup Has ManyEyes: From Shtetl to Chicago; One Family’s Journey Through History“From Page to Stage,” a chapter in Holt Rinehart Winston’s Elements of Literature and two collections of multicultural plays, “All the World’s a Stage Volumes I & II” (Baker’s Plays).   In her research for The Healer of Fox Hollow, Joann discovered that the truth the novel is based upon is infinitely stranger than the fiction she wrote.

For more info on Joann and her work, please visit her website,

 Joann Rose Leonard’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, July 16th:  Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, July 23rd: Indie Reader Houston
Wednesday, July 25th:  Broken Teepee
Thursday, July 26th:  Just Joanna
Wednesday, August 1st:  Mom in Love with Fiction
Thursday, August 2nd:  Silver and Grace
Monday, August 6th:  Chaotic Compendiums
Tuesday, August 7th:  Deco My Heart
Wednesday, August 8th:  WV Stitcher
Monday, August 13th:  The Book Bag
Wednesday, August 15th:  Chaos is a Friend of Mine
Thursday, August 16th:  HopefulLeigh
Monday, August 20th:  The Lost Entwife
Thursday, September 6th:  A Fair Substitute for Heaven


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