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The Heretic's Daughter

From first-time author Kathleen Kent comes The Heretic's Daughter, a fictionalized yet darkly realistic account of the last two years of the author's direct ancestor Martha Carrier, who was accused as a witch and hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, on Aug. 19, 1692. Told from the perspective of Martha's daughter Sarah, recounting this period of her childhood in a letter to her granddaughter, the story is as riveting as it is horrifying. Jealousy, resentment, anger, and, most notably, fear and ignorance, contributed to the arrests and imprisonments of more than 150 individuals accused of witchcraft or defending those who were. Ultimately, 19 men and women were hanged, condemned not only by a jury but also by family members forced to testify against them. The author spent five years researching this book, including visiting many of the sites described in the story and reading first-hand accounts from court records.

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