Local writer Jonathan Odell is the author of the acclaimed novel The View from Delphi, which deals with the struggle for racial equality in pre-civil rights Mississippi, his home state. His well-received new novel, The Healing, explores the subversive role that story plays in the healing of an oppressed people. Odell’s short stories and essays have been published in the Utne Reader, A View from the Loft, and Stories from the Blue Moon Café III, among other notable publications.
"Odell (The View from Delphi, 2004) stirs lyricism and sentiment into a well-researched epic of slavery and emancipation that will endear itself to the spirituality inclined.” — Kirkus Review
"Bringing exciting verisimilitude to an overworked genre, this Southern saga from Odell is rich in character and incident [...].” — Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Engrossing... Bound to be compared to Kathryn Stockett's best-selling The Help, this historical novel... probes complex issues of freedom and slavery.” — Library Journal