Historical Fiction

The Witches

by Stacy Schiff

Quick take

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...

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  • Karin N.

    Chicago, IL

    "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."

  • Laura H.

    NYC, NY

    "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!"

  • Robin D.

    Salem, MA

    "Does a wonderful job of explaining the historical view point. Thoughtful tone, though a slow read. Historians will love this book."

  • Meghan G.

    Reading, PA

    "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."

  • Rachel C.

    Tulsa, OK

    "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. "

  • Rayne B.

    Oakland, CA

    "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."

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    Elizabeth, NJ


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    Bloomington , IN


  • Christina C.

    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"

  • Amy W.

    St. Louis, MO

    "I couldn't finish this one."

  • Stephanie H.

    Murrieta , CA

    "Couldn't finish it. "