Those who loved The Crucible in high school may want to check out Kathleen Kent's debut novel The Heretic's Daughter, reviewed in USA Today. It tells the story of Kent's ancestors, mother and daughter Martha and Sarah Carrier, and their brutal imprisonment during the Salem witch trials. The USA Today review understates the case a little, calling Sarah Carrier's accusers "the ultimate mean girls." Last we checked, most high school bullies don't get their victims thrown in "damp, filthy underground jail cells." Nor do they force such sacrifices as that of Martha Carrier, who (at least in the novel) tried to convince her children to testify against her so that they could live. [USA Today]
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