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The Heretic's Daughter

A Novel

by Kathleen Kent

The Heretic's Daughter
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2008, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 2009, 368 pages

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Lucia Silva

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A haunting portrait of Puritan New England and the Salem witch trials

It was a terrible time, when charity and mercy and plain good sense were all thrown into the fire of zealotry, covering everyone left living with the bitter ash of regret and blame.

The events of 1692 are well-trod ground even for those who slept through history class. Grisly, sensational, and safely far away in time, the Salem witch trials are easily one of the most popular topics for school reports. Like many events sketched repeatedly in thumbnail fashion, the witch trials have become a caricature, a short-hand reference for fanaticism and the darker passages of America's colonial history. So it speaks to the strength of Kathleen Kent's writing that each page of The Heretic's Daughter erased more and more of the schoolbook history I thought I knew. I could not put this book down, and finished it all in one long, nerve-wracking, soul-wrenching ...

The author's website, with a family genealogy and link to a video interview.

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