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The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane

by Katherine Howe

Hyperion | June 10, 2011 | Hardcover

The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 8.
"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

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie''s grandmother''s abandoned home near Salem, she can''t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance''s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem''s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman''s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.63 × 6.63 × 1.18 in

Published: June 10, 2011

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401340903

ISBN - 13: 9781401340902

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secrets from the past A young grad student, Connie, spends the summer readying her grandmonther's house for sale and finds a strange clue in an old Bible - an old key with a scrap of paper inside it saying two words - Deliverance Dane. What this means to Connie only becomes clear after she follows the clues to the mysterious events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials.
Date published: 2013-08-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eight Bookcases Check out my review of Howe's work on my blog at:http://8bookcases.blogspot.com/2011/12/physick-book-of-deliverance-dane-by.html
Date published: 2011-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I thought it was very good. Connie is just starting research on her Ph.D. when her mother asks her to clean up her grandmother's old house in Marblehead, Mass., close to Salem. The place hasn't been lived in for 20+ years, so it is a mess! When Connie discovers a Bible with a key and the name "Deliverance Dane" in it, she is intrigued and wants to find out what the key is for and who Deliverance Dane is. Her research takes her back to the Salem witch trials in 1692. This was very good. The book went back and forth between 1991 when Connie is doing her research, and the historical time frame, as Connie learns about Deliverance and her history. I do find the Salem witch trials interesting, but at the same time, I found myself slightly more interested in the "modern-day" storyline. Though parts of the historical story were more interesting than others. I was able to figure out a few things, but there was one thing at the very end that I still don't quite understand.
Date published: 2011-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Read The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is the story of a a PHD candidate , Connie Goodwin. Connie is studying history in New England, including the Salem Witch Trials. During the summer of 1991, her mother asks her to go to fix up and prepare Connie' late Grandmother's house for sale. Connie reluctantly does as her mother asks, and finds a very old crumbling house built pre 1700's in Marblehead Massachusetts. The story goes back and forth between Connie's story in 1991 and that of Deliverance Dane . Deliverance Dane's story takes place in Marblehead Massachusetts in the late 1680s. Deliverance Dane is accused of being of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trial Days. The book is about 85 % the story of Connie and 15% that of the Salem Witch Trial Days. I found myself very interested in the Salem Witch Trials of Deliverance Dane - but far less interested in Connie's story. Connie's story was quite predictable, slow , plodding and I never felt attached to Connie as a character. There was little if any character development. I would not describe The Physick of Deliverance Dane as a mystery, spooky, or a tale of the supernatural. I'm at a loss as to what genre to fit this book into. Pro's - All in all, it's an okay read . Easy to read Deliverance Dane's story was fascinating and clearly the author has really done her research in the area of witches in the days of the Salem Witches. I learned quite a bit about the Salem witch trials - and some of the up to date thinking on what really happened at that time in history. Cons - Connie's 1991 story, which makes up 80 % - 85% of the book is plodding, predictable, not enough plot tension to be called a mystery, nor spooky. Conversly, those that like cozy mysteries might find this too " spooky" - but really it's not. I'd say if you don't mind a bit of plodder of a book, a mild mystery with some interesting bits about the Salem Witch Trial and a wee bit of the supernatural - this is for you. Overall - it was a diversion and an easy read. Maybe a good beach read? Though I was not keen on it , I think the The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane will find a wide audience among casual readers. . I did not mind reading it -but I found myself wanting to just skip ahead and hurry up with the ending
Date published: 2011-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful read!! I Loved this book! I was interested in Salem and the witch trials to begin with but this book piqued my interest even more. I could not put it down. If you liked the Davinci Code, you'll love this one too. It went back and forth between the trials and 1991 and it was just great. Read it!
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little bit of history, a little bit of fiction... and a whole lot of magic! This book was a good one to read, especially with Halloween coming up. It’s about the Salem Witch Trials and the idea that maybe real magic isn’t as hokus pokus and abracadabra as we think (well, actually, maybe a little MORE abracadabra than we think). It’s about Connie Goodwin, a stressed out graduate student recently accepted into the PhD program she always hoped for. Shortly after her acceptance, Connie’s wacky and hugely misunderstood mother tells her that her grandmother’s long abandoned house has accumulated a hefty amount of unpaid property taxes and that it needs to be sold to pay the bill. Connie grudgingly makes a promise to her mother that she will spend her summer cleaning up the old house and making it sellable after its many years of neglect. Things start to get spooky when Connie discovers that the women in her life, past and present, weren’t always what they seemed to be and that the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. The book goes back and forth between the present day and 15th/16th century Salem to tell the story of a large group of women who were fatally misunderstood. It talks about the perils of being a successful woman, past and present. It also talks about religion as a scapegoat, which is often something that comes up when discussing the Salem Witch Trials. What makes this book even better is the author’s own family connection to Elizabeth Proctor and Elizabeth Howe; two women who experienced the Salem Witch Trials. Elizabeth Howe, sadly, did not survive them, which makes this story hit home as she is a character in the book. Also, the author’s own background in American and New England Studies offers authenticity to the more historical aspects of the book. I was particularly fond of the background information that the author provides at the end of the book because it legitimizes a lot of what she is saying and makes you realize how much of the book really is non-fiction. While the real magic bits are a bit much for me, it does make you wonder if there is more than meets the eye. This is a great new read and I look forward to more books by Elizabeth Howe.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Past and Present Meet Over a Witch's Book of Spells Reason for Reading: The Salem witch trials have always been a favourite reading topic of mine so this book obviously piqued my interest. Comments: It's summer break and Connie has just finished her orals for her PhD. She intends on spending the summer coming up with a dissertation topic but her mother has asked her to clean up the ancient family home (which Connie knew nothing of) so she can sell it. Connie says yes against her better judgement and ends up spending the summer in an early 18th century home with no electricity or phone. Upon her arrival she finds a mysterious key with the name Deliverance Dane attached and so begins her research which will take her back to the 1690s and the Salem witch trials as she follows through the 18th century history of mother and daughter passing along a book of utmost importance to the family. But Connie's research also turns deadly as she falls in love with a young man who has a terrible accident and her research becomes obsessively important to a superior at school. Connie ultimately must face a shocking question when she is asked to ponder whether some of the Salem witches might actually have been real witches. When I first started reading this book I had no idea it contained such a strong supernatural element. Fortunately, I love fantasy and to find the book delving into witch lore was a pleasant surprise on my part. I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fun read. The narrative switches back and forth from the past, 1690s and early 1700s, to Connie's modern day 1991 and also includes her reading from journals and newspapers as she researches the past. Connie herself is a likable character whose straightforward, no-nonsense character is compromised when she meets up with events that challenge her beliefs. The two storylines, past and present, are easily connected and I enjoyed them both equally well, I just wish Deliverance Dane's character had been given more background as she remains rather a vague character. The plot itself is on the predictable side. I had several things figured out at the start of the book and always seemed to be one step ahead of the plot but, nevertheless, I did still enjoy the whole story and read the book eagerly. I also found Ms. Howe's idea of a Christian witch rather fascinating and entertaining. A unique mythology of witchcraft blended with excellently researched Puritan New England. This will be enjoyed by fans of historical fantasy.
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional debut novel, Recommend! The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe Katherine Howe’s debut novel is a well-crafted, deeply researched and exceptional work centered around the Salem witch trials of the 1600s and reaching out to the present time. The novel features several real people of history in real situations but extended by imagery and imagination to fill in the blanks. Holding a PhD in American and New England History she has brought these times to life in a very realistic way. She also has the advantage historically of being descended from two of the accused witches so has invested a great deal of effort into this amazing story. Katherine has taken her university experience and interwoven it into the research that Connie Goodwin, her protagonist, undertakes for her choice of dissertation. An accidental discovery in her grandmother’s home she has been asked to prepare for selling, brings her right into the world of old Salem. The book reads smoothly and consistently while building the tension throughout. The characters grow, and almost come alive as the reader gets more involved in the story. This is an interesting time of American history, referred to in the book as the Salem Panic. In fact, Connie soon finds that the dynamics of what she has discovered has put her in a very delicate and dangerous position with her university advisor. The fact that she is dealing with two distinct time periods in the same location does not disturb the flow at all. In fact Katherine has called these sections reverting in time as “Interludes”, which means you are not suddenly propelled from one instance to another. There is enough mystique in the book to keep the interest flowing, enough history to really get a feel for the time, enough mystery, a dash of romance, a froth of magic, maybe a bit of vision, a bit of sadness, all continuing to build toward a fascinating ending. Yet through most of the story Connie is considering this a project and that she is detached from the reality. An altogether enjoyable experience, it is my hope that there will be more books to come from Katherine Howe. An wonderful journey bringing the past to the now in an incredibly entertaining manner. Grabbed me and didn’t let go! Definitely recommend, don’t forget to read all the notes beginning and end, very interesting. Recommended titles shown are resource books
Date published: 2009-05-14

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The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane

by Katherine Howe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.63 × 6.63 × 1.18 in

Published: June 10, 2011

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401340903

ISBN - 13: 9781401340902

From the Publisher

"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

A spellbinding, beautifully written novel that moves between contemporary times and one of the most fascinating and disturbing periods in American history-the Salem witch trials.

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie''s grandmother''s abandoned home near Salem, she can''t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest--to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance''s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem''s dark past then she could have ever imagined.

Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the witch trials of the 1690s and a modern woman''s story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.

About the Author

Katherine Howe''s ancestors settled Essex County, Mass. in the 1620s, and stayed there through the twentieth century. Family members included Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the Salem witch trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not. Katherine Howe got a Ph.D. in American and New England Studies at Boston University, which included a research seminar on New England witchcraft. The idea for this novel developed while she was studying for her Ph.D. exams, walking her dog through the woods between Marblehead and Salem. She lives in Marblehead, MA with her husband and assorted animals.

Editorial Reviews

"If you need some magic in your life (and these days, who doesn''t?) lose yourself in The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane."
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