Witches. Salem. It all just is so Halloween-ish, we can hardly stand it.
Back at the beginning of June this year, the publisher Voice released this Katherine Howe book called The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, a competent novel about a New England graduate student in history who stumbles upon a reference to a heretofore unknown book of spells from the era of the Salem witch trials.
The novel fluctuates between the present-day digging of Connie, the likable graduate student in question and flashbacks to Deliverance Dane, the colonial author of this book of spells.
Now we've read some "meh" reviews of this one, but to tell the truth, A Reader's Respite really enjoyed the novel. We recognize that it won't be winning the Booker Prize, but the story was engaging and plausible. We especially enjoyed Howe's treatment of the Salem "witches."
The paperback version of this book is due to be released on April 5th. In our opinion, if the publisher had any sense at all, they'd wait until October 1 of next year for that release. But what do we know?
Anyway, if you're in the mood for a non-gory, Halloween-ish, witchy, American historical fiction read this holiday, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane might just fit the bill. Keep it in mind.