"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
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
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.