The Healing Circle

A mother abandons her family in California to pursue a miracle cure in Munich. Once she gets there however, she wonders if she might have already died. Bedridden with a terminal diagnosis, memories, nurses, immoral doctors, foreign television broadcasts, and phone calls from children intrude upon her consciousness. An aloe plant called Madame Blavatsky is her primary companion.


 “The Healing Circle is a far-reaching, honest, and funny novel about dying and living, a kind of pilgrimage to wholeness through uncertainty and disorientation. Full of resonance, it asks what it means to heal, to be in pain, to be a person.”

Amina Cain, author of Indelicacy

The Healing Circle is wry, subtle, and daring. Coco Picard has written a vivid novel about living, dying, and remembering.”

Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion

Black and white illsutration of the backside of a nude woman atop a hill with two trees seemingly growing horizontally out of her. Yellow text reads "The Healing Circle, a novel by Coco Picard" with an award seal declaring the book "Winner of the Red Hen Press Women's Prose Award"

Coco Picard ( Author Website )

Publication Date: August 16, 2022

Genre/Imprint: Fiction

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ISBN: 9781636280516

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