Graduate student Connie has committed to cleaning out her grandmother’s long-empty Colonial-era home in Marblehead, Massachusetts, just one town over from Salem, home of the infamous witch trials of 1692. Her first day in the house, she finds a water-damaged, moldering bible with a small key hidden inside. This is just the first of many curious finds, including a kitchen full of glass jars containing old, dried up plants, a corn-husk doll, and a diary dating to the early 18th century. As Connie learns more about the history of her family and the region, she begins to realize that her aura reading mother is not exactly the flighty, new-age practitioner that she always assumed, and that there are forces in the world which she cannot explain, but that flow through her also. The book also goes back in time to the story of Connie’s 17th-century ancestors, slowly bringing the readers to a truth even Connie will never know. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe is mysterious historical fiction with a paranormal twist.
A fresh present-day story infused with an original take on popular history. Forget broomsticks and pointy hats; here are witches that could well be walking among us today. This debut novel flows with poetic charm and eloquence that achieves high literary merit while concocting a gripping supernatural puzzler. Katherine Howe’s talent is spellbinding.
–Matthew Pearl, author of The Poe Shadow and The Dante Club
ABOUT KATHERINE – From her web site.
Katherine Howe is the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and Conversion. She has hosted “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” for the National Geographic Channel, and her fiction has been translated into over twenty-five languages. A native Texan, she lives in New England and upstate New York, where she teaches at Cornell and is at work on her next novel.
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