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The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
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Apr 28, 2009

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Read in June, 2009

My mom gave me this book for Christmas. She read it while she was taking care of her father in MA. My family is from the area where this book takes place (towns like Danvers, Topsfield, Andover, Beverly, Salem, etc.), and concerns a fictional account of the Salem Witch Trials. Told from the point of view of convicted "witch" Martha Carrier's daughter, you see the buildup to the paranoia and intolerance of Puritan New England. It's subtle at first, but becomes terrifying at the end. For a first novel, Kent does a great job. However, I think the fact that the child tells the story takes away from it a bit. I didn't really understand what was going on with her father and his history, and I think it was because the storyteller didn't either. Maybe it was that way on purpose, but it kind of bothered me. Overall, this was a really good book, about a sad portion of our colonial history.
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