BookBrowse Reviews Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen

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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

by Rivka Galchen

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Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen
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A historical story that deftly explores witchcraft charges brought against the mother of a famous 17th-century scientist.

Rivka Galchen's novel Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch is a historical fiction tale set in the 17th century in what is now Southwest Germany. Katharina Kepler, mother of famed astronomer Johannes Kepler, is engaged in an ongoing war of words with her neighbor Ursula Reinbold, to whom Katharina refers as "the Werewolf." Ursula spreads the rumor that Katharina is a witch and the gossip gains traction, leading to Katharina's arrest. It's up to Johannes to defend his mother against the accusation, with her fate being death by burning at the stake if he fails. The book unfolds primarily through Katharina's first-person account, which clarifies that the illiterate septuagenarian has asked a friend, Simon Satler, to record her story for her. Interspersed with the monologue are Simon's occasional comments about his own actions throughout Katharina's ordeal.

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