A compulsively gripping and deliciously fun page-turner, filled with gossip, deceit, suspicion, and lots of creepiness.
Why I love it
I can't explain my obsession with the Puritans, but I know I have one, and I know I'm not alone. The strictness of the Puritan culture in the early days of American history has a sordid mystical quality that endlessly fascinates me. Just when I thought I'd read everything about colonial Massachusetts, along comes this latest tour-de-force from Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff. Perfec...
"Slow to start but the last 100 pages brought it together. A seriously detailed book that gave me a lot of insight into late 1600s New England and what life was like. This book stuck with me."
"I learnt so much from this book! I'm still reading it all these months later, but I am enjoying it so so much. Looking forward to reading her other book (Cleopatra) next!"
"Does a wonderful job of explaining the historical view point. Thoughtful tone, though a slow read. Historians will love this book."
"This wasn't exactly what I had expected, but at the completion of reading I learned more from one book than from many years of hearing about the trials."
"Slow starting, but brilliantly penned, great historical on the goings on in 1692 Salem. Many familiar names if you have read The Crucible. Good read. "
"This put a lot of modern American culture into historical context for me. It was fascinating to read about how Salem chose to deal with the unknown and frightening."
Bloomington , IN
Leominster , MA
"I was so excited to read this. I thought it would be a different take on the Salem "witches" but the story got too bogged down in details of the everyday life of the times. I didn't even finish it"
St. Louis, MO
"I couldn't finish this one."
Murrieta , CA
"Couldn't finish it. "