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The Healings Paperback – November 8, 2010
From the Author
"The Healings" offer a pleasing marriage of humor and seriousness of life's situations.
Born and raised in the Balkans, a very culturally diverse area, I have been writing since I could hold a pen but it wasn't until I moved to the U.S. that I discovered the spontaneous dark humor that was part of my heritage.
The character in my stories is a depressed male - the universal human being in search of his own Self and his place in the society and, on a deeper level in the world. In his quest for healing, he is accompanied by his one and only partner, his talking cat.
The thoughts and dialogues, naive and hilarious as they seem, offer a deep insight into life, death and what's in between.
Written in the first person, the short stories depict his encounters with those whom he calls "sources of wisdom," from shamans to scientists, from dream interpreters to psychiatrists, from flesh-and-bone creatures to illusory entities or just bizarre life situations.
I invite you to take a very vivid and strong journey into the raw and uncensored human mind.
Enjoy my character's adventures and remember that I rely on you, my readers to receive the best and most unbiased reviews possible.
Yours very grateful,
About the Author
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Oana lived twenty years under the regime of Ceausescu. She has worn many hats: translator, teacher, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center worker. Oana lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she devotes her time to her animals and to writing. She is an active member of Central Phoenix Writing Workshop.
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It is not Depression that this narrator suffers from. It is far worse, and more reminiscent of Soren Kierkegaard. Forgive my Latin but it is something like..."diapsalmata ad se ipsum," Melancholia brought on by world weariness. This is the disease of mankind. Oana is a modern day existentialist and here introspection are so important to help us understand the way to truth. Introspection has been a lost art. In a world of extra-punitive and bellicose chatter, The Healings is a revolutionary thought pattern that, in the quest itself, one can find the meaning of individual suffering. Rising free from the awareness, not only of the hypocrisies of the so-called healers, but even the validity of the search, ultimately brings the narrator, and his cat, to ultimate transcendence in the awareness of the importance of the quest. Some spirit moved the author to hold up irony as a transparent jewel. This book left me breathless. Her cat can now join the Behemoth of Bulgakov and sit arched in triumph on Cat's Paw ridge in Canyon D'Chelly. I've even had a fantasy of driving with the author and her cat there,and in an anthropomorphic, even bestial menage, we could fall in love until the dust crumbles...or until we crumble to dust..But Oana has already held that Healing up to the light of truth and has found it wanting. Her truths, and her nuanced curtsies from irony to acceptance are like a minuet of erotic parody and one is able to even be seduced by the folly of the dance. Hearts are revealed by this master writer. Truths are tempered with wisdom and forbearance. A unique, highly original work that is yet reminiscent of great masters, The Healings is a must read.
This is a fun, zany read, and in large part because it takes the reader deep into a hidden consciousness. We can all find where we identify best with these two characters -- which I would say are both one and the same person -- the anima and animus that resides in each of us. There is nothing superficial about this book, yet we are entertained page by page, whether we analyze or simply read for story.
I like the variation of chapter lengths, depending on how much there is to say about a particular healing. It makes sense.
It took me a while to get to this book, and now I find it well worth the wait. This needs to have wide readership!
Jean Rodenbough, author of Rachel's Children: Surviving the Second World War, All Things That Matter Press, 2010, and other books seen here on Amazon.
Anyway... I think Oana is destined to achieve, also, a "certain", and bona fide, reputation as a humorist. If you're not healed by the time you finish this book, it won't be for lack of trying.
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