"There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole." ~ pg. 6
Set during the Civil War era, three people have come to Chicago with pain of the past looking to start a future. Madge has the power to heal but cannot mend herself. Hemp has been separated from his wife and struggles with starting a new life without her. Sadie can communicate with the dead but has to make peace with her father. Balm is a story about hope in the aftermath of a terrible war.
"To ache was to long. To long was to be human." ~ pg. 42
Halfway into the book, I just became disinterested in the main characters. I don't know if the individual story lines weren't enough to hold my interest or if the story content didn't hold up to the critical time period in history. I wanted more. I expected more from the author of Wench.
Balm will be published on May 26, 2015. With a cover like this, it will look pretty on a shelf but may not satisfy your literary appetite.
Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Published: May 2015
Challenge: Diversity on the Shelf