Reviewed by Jennifer R. I also knew that she was somehow related to two of the women who were tried during the trials — Elizabeth Proctor, who survived, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not.
Connie Goodwin is a Ph. She is specializing in the early colonial period and needs to come up with a topic for her dissertation after completing her oral exams. Thus she is annoyed when her flaky mother, Grace, asks her to spend time cleaning up the old family home, preparing it for sale.
In the midst of her cleaning, she takes out an ancient family Bible. Thumbing through it, she drops it as her hand begins to feel hot and strange. Out of the Bible has dropped an antique key. Hollow, it contains a small slip of paper which she carefully extracts.
On the paper is written two words: Consulting with her doctoral advisor, Connie decides that it must be a name. The Puritans were fond of names based on virtues.
We first meet Deliverance in the prologue in where she has been called to the bedside of a dying five-year-old girl. Deliverance is unable to save her, and this is the origin of all her troubles.
She tells the grieving father, a widower, that the girl was bewitched. This book was published as mainstream fiction, yet I believe it qualifies as mythopoeic fantasy and could be considered for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.
You see, unlike the others, Deliverance Dane really is a witch, and she attributes the source of her power to God. When I first started reading this book, I was puzzled by why Howe chose to set the modern day story in rather than the current year. Pondering this further, I decided that she had to set it in a short time in the past for an important reason.
In some ways, the world has changed since in as striking a way for researchers as if it were The year was before the big internet explosion with e-mail and online search engines and all the electronic ephemera that have changed how many of us look for information.
In the book, the house Connie is supposed to be cleaning up has no electricity. The Connie of would have a much harder time of it, living without her computer. This is also a book about the connections between mothers and daughters. Sensible Connie is so different from her new-age mother.
She has frequent phone conversations with her mother in the book, and we see her gaining knowledge of her mother and finally beginning to understand why she is the way she is. This is mirrored in the relationship between Deliverance and Mercy, the other mother and daughter in the book.
Actually, each story also has a third generation: Howe gives us a glimpse of how our Puritan ancestors viewed the world.
But early modern people lived in a world that largely predated science, operating without sophisticated understanding of the difference between correlation and causation. Poisoning, say, rather than common illness.
Something attributable to an outside source, rather than to the mysterious workings of Providence. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the time of the Salem witch trials or reading of the rigors of the scholastic life, pursuing the elusive Ph.
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane."The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane" by Katherine Howe UK & AUS Title "The Lost Book of Salem" The Physick Book Website with Trailer, Author Info and Book Info. Her adult novels are The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in and was named one of USA Today’s top tend books of the year, and The House of Velvet and Glass, which was a /5(K).
[This review originally appeared in Mythprint (#) in January ] Katherine Howe, the author of this book, is descended from two accused Salem witches and is working on her Ph.D. Written with astonishing conviction and grace, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane travels seamlessly between the trials in the s, and a modern woman's story of mystery, intrigue, and revelation.".
THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE by Katherine Howe is an interesting take on the innocence of the women hanged as a result of the Salem Witch Trials.
History has shown that they were all victims of others’ hysteria. Katherine Howe is a New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer of historical fiction.
Her adult novels are The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in and was named one of USA Today’s top tend books of the year, and The House of Velvet and Glass, which was a USA Today /5.