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The Heretic's Daughter (2008)

by Kathleen Kent

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It was very good. I'm evaluating it as a companion piece for The Crucible, and it dovetails nicely. The only problem is that it is a pretty slow start. The real action doesn't start until the middle of the book. After that, it gives a pretty riveting account of the conditions during the Salem witch trials. An added point of interest is that the author is a descendent of Martha Carrier, who was actually hanged as a witch and is the mother of the main character in the book. ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
The Salem Witch Trials were a blot in our American, indeed our Human, history. Mass hysteria and teenage angst run amok, influencing a crowd frenzy in people who probably ended up wishing they'd known better. This is a well thought out novel about one family caught in the jaws of accusation. There were parts and descriptions I liked a great deal, parts that were wearisome for me. I grew tired of wondering what was the "great secret" of Sarah's father, and grew instead, to admire the character of the man, even though the book focused more on his wife and was told from the point of view if his daughter. ( )
  bookczuk | Jun 14, 2014 |
9-year-old Sarah Carrier's tale begins in 1690 as she travels with her family from the town of Billerica to a new home in Andover in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Tragically, in what will ultimately be the root of poor future relations and suspicion in their new community, one of Sarah's brothers is unknowingly the bearer of disease. Sarah's mother, Martha Carrier, is bold, irreverent, outspoken and a bit mysterious -- traits that in the late 17th century, on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials, are dangerous for any woman.

I read this book hot on the heels of a fictionalized account of the Donner Party. Since the core facts of both of these events are common knowledge, I don't think it's much of a spoiler to comment on the sense of foreboding the reader experiences -- people are going to die. The innocent beginnings of the novel, when the true depths of Sarah's misfortune were yet to be revealed, was somewhat of a mental struggle, but it began to fade as I sunk deeper into the story. The author herself is a descendant of the real Martha Carrier, and the family stories passed down from generation to generation were the inspiration for her research and writing. ( )
  ryner | Jan 29, 2014 |
Smallpox has afflicted the Carrier family. Martha Carrier is accused and condemned a witch. She instructs her children to tell the judges what they want to hear to save themselves.
"...A family's history lasts only so long as there is someone left to tell it." Sarah and her brothers are also tried and imprisoned for witchcraft. The story is told by Sarah, a child's perspective. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Smallpox has afflicted the Carrier family. Martha Carrier is accused and condemned a witch. She instructs her children to tell the judges what they want to hear to save themselves.
"...A family's history lasts only so long as there is someone left to tell it." Sarah and her brothers are also tried and imprisoned for witchcraft. The story is told by Sarah, a child's perspective. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
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Ah, children, be afraid of going prayerless to bed, lest the Devil be your bedfellow.
--Cotton Mather from a funeral service
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This book is dedicated to Mitchell and Joshua

And to my parents, John and Audrey, for giving me the stories.
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The distance by wagon from Billerica to neighboring Andover is but nine miles.
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The chief judge then asked Mother, "What do you say to this you are charged with?"

Mother's voice sounded loud and clear through to the back of the room, "I have not done it."
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Sarah Carrier and Martha, her mother, who live on the family farm in Andover, Massachusetts, endure a dispute with Sarah's uncle about their plot, and when reports of supernatural activity in nearby Salem escalate into mass hysteria, people begin accusing Martha and her family of being witches.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316024481, Hardcover)

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.
Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

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Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.… (more)

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