A debut novel from a promising new voice in fiction, Healing Maddie Brees is the story of a marriage and the memories that pit themselves against it, of the uncanny power of the body in both disease and desire, and of whether true healing ever really happens. Maddie Brees has been given bad news: She is seriously ill. But she also has an old friend, an ex-boyfriend who might be able to heal her. She was witness to Vincent Elander’s so-called miracles in the past. But that was a long time ago, a memory that she would rather stay buried. Now she is happily married to Frank and mother of their three young boys. The religion of her past is behind her, along with any confidence she once had in it. With the onset of her cancer, the memories of Vincent won’t leave Maddie alone, and before long they are affecting everything else: her marriage, her husband, the things they thought they agreed on, the beliefs they thought they shared. Soon Frank, who was to be Maddie’s rock throughout her treatment, is finding fault-lines of his own. In this exquisitely written narrative, Stevenson explores the questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and of the many shapes healing takes.
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This is a beautiful debut book from a very promising up and coming author. Her command of language is captivating, and her turns of phrase throughout the novel are artful. I highly recommend this and can't wait to see what she does next!
Brave and Beautiful
Healing Maddie Brees is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. Full stop. It’s brave, beautiful, and everything a reader could desire.
Healing Maddie Brees
It needs to be noted that this book is focused more on religion than on a woman dealing with diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Even the sample I downloaded before purchase was misleading. This is the first book in years that I couldn't finish. There are way too many flashbacks to her younger days and her life with a supposed miracle healer. Their struggles with believing, guilt etc. Ugh! It is so repetitive and BORING! I gave up 2/3 of the way through it. I'm upset I wasted my money!