The Heretic's Daughter
2008. A trade paperback copy in very good condition.
Sarah Carrier is a young girl growing up in Andover, Massachusetts, near the town of Salem. She and her family work as farmers, and Sarah has a tense relationship with her mother, whose stubborn refusal to conform to the townÃ�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s expectations frustrates Sarah. A few towns over, in Salem, young girls begin accusing many of witchcraft, and SarahÃ�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s mother soon joins the list of accused who are thrown in jail. The story of the Salem Witch Trials is familiar to many, but Kathleen KentÃ�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s novel about the Carrier family effectively personalizes the tragedy of those left to languish in prison or hanged for the crime of witchcraft. Kent is an excellent writer, and she captures the language, figures, and philosophy of life in 17th-century New England. The HereticÃ�Â�Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Ã�Â�s Daughter is a moving and finely crafted novel worth reading for its history and the power of its story.
Kathleen Kent is a direct descendant of Martha Carrier, and THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER is based on true family history. Kathleen has worked in commodity trading and for the US Department of Defense in Russia. She now lives in Dallas with her husband and son. THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER is her first novel.