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Healing the Dead by [Bailey, D. F.]

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Editorial Reviews


Add Healing the Dead to the Best Disturbing, Psychological Thrillers and Suspense Novels

"You start reading Healing the Dead with a gasp and you never get a proper chance to exhale."
-- Eve Drobot, The Globe & Mail

"Whew! What a story! Healing the Dead is one of those extraordinary novels that grabs you in its fists, stretches you every which way to the breaking point, squeezes every drop of emotion out of you and finally leaves you sitting limp and exhausted, astounded once again at the world's  inexplicable wonder and folly."
-- Andreas Schroeder, author of Renovating Heaven

"A psychological novel with spiritual undercurrents."
-- Coral Anne Howells, Books in Review

"The author is not afraid to take a hard look at the darker side of human nature, at the source of fear and violence, and to explore their repercussions with unflinching honesty."
--Monday Magazine

D.F. Bailey writes with "unusual power ... and obvious talent." He is "becoming a player in the international arena."
--Quill & Quire Magazine

From the Author

~ Author Interview ~
D. F. Bailey talks about Healing the Dead.

Q: We hear so much about childhood shootings, how did this particular story come to you?
DFB: When I was twenty-five I took my first job as an English teacher in the resort town of Qualicum Beach. There I met a young girl. She was very pretty but quiet to the point of being distracted. She seemed almost haunted. She enrolled in my grade eight class and gradually I began to learn about her background. 

Q. Haunted? What had happened to her?
DFB: She'd been playing cops and robbers with the neighborhood kids. One of the other children produced a gun to serve as a prop. The young girl grabbed it, and in all innocence fired the pistol and killed her playmate.

Q. Your novel covers the period from 1956 to 1969. Why take so long to play out her story?
DFB: Because the story only begins with the fatal shooting. Over the next fifteen years I managed to stay in touch with my student, saw her grow, mature and eventually have her own baby. Through it all I could see her struggle. That early impression I had of her, the distraction, lingered and shifted but it never dissipated. She knew that I knew about her tragedy, but we never discussed it. I had the impression that mere mention of it would shatter her. 

Q: The central character in the novel isn't the girl, but David, her brother. Why the shift?
DFB: My student became a character I named Rose and I adopted the personna of David, the youngest child in a family of five whose upwardly mobile trajectory was cut short by the shooting death. David has to grapple with the tragedy, too -- as do his parents and his second sister, Jayne. There are ripples after ripples after ripples. I wanted to reveal the complex currents swept forward by such a simple accident. 

Q. Why does the novel begin in Toronto and then shift to New York City?
DFB: Two reasons. First, my family moved from Canada to New York City and the family narrative in the novel parallels my own. Second, I wanted to set the tragedy of the novel against the backdrop of New York in the 1960s -- the most turbulent time and place in my life up to 2001.

Q. Parts of the novel are disturbing; was it difficult to write? 
DFB: It was a difficult story to tell, but I kept my finger on the pulse of it by remembering this young girl. If she could bear this weight, I thought, so can I. Writing this story was my way of comforting her, of helping to bear her suffering. If readers are affected by it, perhaps it will motivate them to secure their guns and make their neighborhoods safe for children.

Q. There's also a love story in the novel. How does it fit in with the overall tragedy?
DFB: This is a coming-of-age novel, and David's romance with Sandra becomes a part of his solution to the problems of the book. In this case love IS the answer to grief and despair. However, David has to earn this love -- but I don't want to spoil the ending for readers!

Product details

  • File Size: 964 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Publisher: (December 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G7707TE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,990,845 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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