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Witch trial tale has a personal twist

The most shocking aspect of the 17th-century Salem witch trials was that anyone with a grudge could accuse a neighbor of being in league with the devil. Charges often were brought against women who weren’t considered submissive enough in a male-dominated society.

It is the fundamental outrageousness of these tragic events that Kathleen Kent portrays to great effect in her debut novel, “The Heretic’s Daughter.”

Kent’s moving story comes straight from her heart as well as the historical record. Her ancestor Martha Carrier was found guilty of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. “The Heretic’s Daughter” draws much of its ambience from Kent’s impassioned link to her history.

Read the original article at: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

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