The Healing Circle

Winner of the 2020 Women’s Prose Prize + forthcoming from Red Hen Press in August 2022

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

Freedom in Body and Water: Sama Alshaibi at Zane Bennett Gallery

Sama Alshaibi, "Fatnis al-Jazirah (Fantasy Island)" (2014), digital archival print, 15 1/2 x 20 inches (courtesy Zane Bennett Gallery)

The following article was originally published by Hyperallergic in March 2022. Multimedia artist Sama Alshaibi consistently interrogates the female form as a nexus point for politics, histories, climate, and forced migrations. Her exhibition Four SeriesĀ at Zane Bennett Gallery spans 15 years of artistic inquiry… +