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Jonathan Odell was born and raised in Mississippi,
growing up in the institutional segregation of a small town.
At college he became an activist and sold The Ebony
Pictorial History of Black America door to door in black
neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to
He spent much of his business career as a Leadership Coach
to Fortune 500 companies.
He later followed the Mississippi River north and now
resides and works in Minnesota. His first novel, The View
from Delphi was published by McAdams and Cage in 2005.
It was selected by Talking Volumes as a City Wide Read by
the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Loft, and Minnesota
Public Radio. THE HEALING is his second novel. A series of
columns based on interviews he did for this novel was
awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association (MPA),
singling the series out for special mention, calling it
“Phenomenal! Riveting from the start...truly engrossing.” He
is a popular speaker often invited to speak before book
groups, libraries and public schools on a variety of topics,
including the experiences that have informed his novels.
Awards and Special Recognition...
One of the 25 Top Fiction Titles from January Through April 2012
selected by Library Journal
A Southern Indie Booksellers 2012 Spring selection
American Booksellers Association (ABA) Indie Next selection for March
SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) bestseller, March 2012
A featured selection of the Book of the Month Club, March 2012
Photograph courtesy of the author