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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
by Katherine Howe
fiction
From The Jacket: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 Connies grandmothers abandoned home near Salem she cant refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house Connie discovers an ancient key secreted 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 colonial artifact of singular power a physick book its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge of herbs and other stranger things. As the pieces of Deliverances harrowing story begin to fall into place Connie is haunted by visions of the long ago witch trials and 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 trials in the 1690s and a modern woman's story of mystery intrigue and revelation.
The book moves very nicely between the present and the past. I enjoyed the early Colonial America flashbacks immensely, except for the author’s spelling of the Boston accent; this was distracting and difficult to read.I was not all that enthralled with the storyline in the present (1991), it was a little flat and not very emotionally engaging.
by-Lyn 2009/06/30, 10:32 AM
 
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