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The Heretics Daughter a Novel by Kathleen Kent - This Be but a Dark Dream

The Heretics Daughter a Novel by Kathleen Kent - This Be but a Dark Dream

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The Heretics Daughter: A Novel byKathleen Kent
 
Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hangedas a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrieris bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which theylive. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced tostand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and thesuperstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Marthas courageousdefiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived.Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendent of Martha Carrier. Shepaints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of onefamilys deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.Most of us have read novels based on religious fervor gone amok -- duringthe Inquisition, for example, or today with fundamentalist Islam. Butperhaps one of the most harrowing episodes of misplaced religious zealwas during the Salem witch trials -- brought to life on stage by ArthurMillers The Crucible and powerfully portrayed in this amazingly crafteddebut novel by Kathleen Kent.Narrated by Sarah, a child who is only eleven years old, this novel is ahaunting account of a town where everyone seems to take leave of theirsenses -- scared to death of Indian massacres and smallpox and lookingfor a scapegoat for their misfortunes. These scapegoats are over 200innocent woman, men, and worst of all, young children who are arrestedand and thrown into a Dantes Inferno of a prison, charged with witchcraft.Kent writes, And in common to all of these wives and mothers and sisterswho had worked and prayed and midwifed in good faith with theirneighbors was the searching, confused gaze that they should be accusedand imprisoned and seemingly forgotten by those same neighbors.A reader would have to have a heart of stone to not be affected by thedenouement of this book. After becoming increasingly acquainted withSarah, her little sister Hannah, her three older brothers, and her parents,we must witness how this family is brought to its knees -- physically,economically, and psychically -- by the close-minded superstitions and

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