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Kathleen Kent , Mare Winningham
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Oct. 12 2009
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 is also a natural-born storyteller, and in her first novel, 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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Starred Review. A family's conflict becomes a battle for life and death in this gripping and original first novel based on family history from a descendant of a condemned Salem witch. After a bout of smallpox, 10-year-old Sarah Carrier resumes life with her mother on their family farm in Andover, Mass., dimly aware of a festering dispute between her mother, Martha, and her uncle about the plot of land where they live. The fight takes on a terrifying dimension when reports of supernatural activity in nearby Salem give way to mass hysteria, and Sarah's uncle is the first person to point the finger at Martha. Soon, neighbors struggling to eke out a living and a former indentured servant step forward to name Martha as the source of their woes. Sarah is forced to shoulder an even heavier burden as her mother and brothers are taken to prison to face a jury of young women who claim to have felt their bewitching presence. Sarah's front-row view of the trials and the mayhem that sweeps the close-knit community provides a fresh, bracing and unconventional take on a much-covered episode. (Sept.)
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"The panic and horror of the Salem witch trials in Kent's novel is conveyed with dead-eyed calm and an occasional tremor of emotion by Mare Winningham.... Her melodiousness is pleasing to the ear.... At times, the melody overwhelms the meaning, but Winningham is more than capable as a reader, and her reading of Kent's sad tale f women accused and accusing emits a hit of deeply buried, untouchable tragedy."—Publishers Weekly

"Powerful descriptions of 9-year-old Sarah's time in prison are depicted well by the fear, anger, and repulsion Winningham projects into her reading. Author Kent, a tenth-generation descendent of Martha Carrier, who was hanged as a witch in 1692, has an accurate vision for time and place, equaled by Winningham's narration."—AudioFile

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read to know the truth. July 5 2011
Format:Paperback
I wondered if I would even like reading a book about the topic of the Salem Witch Trials but did so on the recommendation of my daughter.
I read it in one day and found that I could hardly put the book down. At the beginning it took a bit for me to get into it but once into it I really enjoyed the read.

The book was educational regarding the Salem Witch Trials. I had honestly thought that people in Salem had been burnt at the stake,they openly professed to worship Satan and called themselves witches.

I was all wrong and knew very little.

It is an extremely well written book and I loved how the author wrote it from the perspective of 9 year old Sarah.

I was amazed to hear the stories of that time period and the hardships that people had to go through just trying to survive. I guess reading so many hardships made it more meaningful to me on how difficult of a time period in our history it was for families to survive.

Not that you can compare this time period to the Holocaust but it definately has many overlaps regarding how some powerful people can place fear amoung the people, take over so much control and kill so many innocent people.
Control to choose who will be classified as a witch and hung and who will survive this terrible time period. This story is not just about the adults that were hung and imprisioned but also about the young children imprisioned in horricfic conditions.

Take time to read this unforgettable book and educate yourself so hopefully nothing like this will ever happen again.
How many times have we said this in history?
Too many!
It is up to us to make a difference!

Sharon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Emotional story, well worth the read! Jan. 11 2011
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Never has a book given me so many strong emotions as this one. It's amazing how mass hysteria can produce such irrational, mind baffling ideas that make the impossible become reality. I just couldn't believe they could get away with accusing these innocent people (even children) with the most ridiculous charges. I could actually feel myself get angry at such injustices. Especially towards Sarah and her mother. It made me want to go in there and give everybody a good slap and wake up call. Nevertheless, I thought the book was a good read. A book that stirs such emotions is definitely worth a read. There was a point in the book (the trial part) where it literally made my blood boil and I had to set it down a couple of times, to me, that just means the book was good. Really good.

The characters in the book were very well written. I loved the relationship between Sarah and her mother. Although strained, and even cold, it's a lot like the mother-daughter relationships today. When Sarah comes to terms with her mother, it's sad and quite possibly filled with regrets but it changes Sarah from a naive young girl to a mature one, who now sees the world in a very different way. I also thought her relationship with her father was interesting as well and it's an eye opener when she realizes that her parents are loving and caring even if they don't display it openly. I really did like reading this through Sarah's point of view. It's amazing and I really enjoyed her character development. I also liked Martha (Sarah's mother) as well. She was so strong willed and strong minded, she was an extremely admirable woman and her actions while in jail were extremely brave.

This book also got me to hate certain characters far more than usual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Reading Dec 12 2009
By Jennifer Bogart TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Kathleen Kent's offering, The Heretic's Daughter, is a stunning debut novel ' truly one of the best I've ever read. Hewn from her own family history and intensive research, Kent shares the life of her grandmother nine generations back ' Martha Carrier ' who was hanged for witchcraft during the trials of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. While not falling within the generally prescribed boundaries of traditional Christian genres, this beautiful work of historical fiction is a must-read for all believers ' if only to prevent similar atrocities from taking place in the name of Christ again.

Written from the perspective of Martha's daughter Sarah, readers are immediately immersed in a bleak, harsh landscape. Living under the shadow of smallpox, threat of attacks from surrounding natives, and the oppressive leadership of religious zealots in most towns, 11-year-old Sarah's life offers little in the way of warmth or comfort. Born into a stoic, and mysteriously set-apart family, the trails of Sarah's childhood will soon pale in comparison to the terrible impact the Salem witch-trials will leave in its wake.

Deftly drawing together the strands of historical detail, coming-of-age story, and rich, spell-binding prose, The Heretic's Daughter is both unforgettable and heart-breaking.

'We rose each day to put on steaming, dirty clothes, we chewed out flattened bread and moistened it with water so that it would not catch in our gullets, we wiped the sweat and chased the flies, and ate our soup at noontide, and pounded our fraying implements against post and stump, shredded our meat for supper, and laid ourselves down again at evening-tide to wrestle against our dreams and our fetid sheets.
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