Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill (Published by HarperCollins, June 29, 2010)

Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692—Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam Jr.
When Ann’s father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann sees an opportunity and starts manifesting the symptoms of affliction. Ann looks up to Mercy, the beautiful servant in her parents' house. She shows Mercy the power that a young girl is capable of in a time when women were completely powerless. Mercy, who suffered abuse at the hands of past masters, seizes her only chance at safety. And Ann’s cousin Margaret, anxious to win the attention of a boy in her sights, follows suit. As the accusations mount against men and women in the community, the girls start to see the deadly ramifications of their actions. Should they finally tell the truth? Or is it too late to save this small New England town?

I love historical fiction, and the American Colonial era is one of my favorite settings. Plus I enjoyed some other books set during the Salem Witch Trials that I enjoyed - A Break With Charity by Ann Rinaldi, Time of the Witches by Anna Myers, and Dear America: I Walk in Dread. So I think I will enjoy this book as well.


PolishOutlander said...

What a great pick! Can't wait for this one either now.

Unknown said...

I think this sounds amazing. I hadn't heard of this one or the author before so thanks for highlighting it.

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read this one too, it sounds right down my alley! :)

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