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The Afflicted Girls
     

The Afflicted Girls

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by Suzy Witten
 
Winner 2010 IPPY SILVER MEDAL for Historical
Fiction (Independent Publisher Book Awards)

A Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist

Something terrible happened in Salem in 1692 . . . but it isn't what you think!

THE AFFLICTED GIRLS A Novel of Salem by author-researcher
Suzy Witten presents a startling new theory of the Salem Village witch-hunts which is

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Winner 2010 IPPY SILVER MEDAL for Historical
Fiction (Independent Publisher Book Awards)

A Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist

Something terrible happened in Salem in 1692 . . . but it isn't what you think!

THE AFFLICTED GIRLS A Novel of Salem by author-researcher
Suzy Witten presents a startling new theory of the Salem Village witch-hunts which is certain to put this 300 year old unsettled mystery to rest . . . by expertly guiding readers through The
Historical Record to revelation. Part parable, part star-crossed romance, and part supernatural venture, this is an intuitive human history--and inhuman--spun with a modern twist.
Centering her story on Salem Village and its inhabitants,
exploring their dark household corners as if she is solving a crime, the author adeptly details how the disintegration occurred while spinning familiar facts in new directions, with the mysterious "afflictions" finally explained. A controversial debut by a new Historical storyteller. (For ages 17 and older)

Historical Fiction, 456 pages, A Paperback Original (also available as an eBook) from Dreamwand www.theafflictedgirls.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615323138
Publisher:
DREAMWAND
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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The Afflicted Girls 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Barbara-H More than 1 year ago
An entirely different take on the witch hunts in Salem. The author puts forth a theory which I've never heard of, or read about, before and which makes complete sense. The language of the time is brilliantly wrought. The witch hunt period in American history has never been one of my favorites, but this novel pulled me toward its fascinating conclusion, which is no small feat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was originally very excited to read this book, especially since it was being touted as well-researched. I have read many historic fiction books about the witch trials, as well as numerous other historic events, and most of them follow the history reasonably well. There are discrepancies, of course, as one would expect when reading a work of fiction. However, most of the historic fiction books that I have read are fairly accurate in terms of the time period, events, people, and places. Unfortunately, with this book, that is not the case. There was so much occurring in and around Salem Village at that time that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to include everything. However, basic facts and events are changed so dramatically that it interferes with the reading of the story. Some events are left out entirely (i.e. Mercy Lewis was actively an accuser), some are completely out of order (i.e. the dates and events of afflictions, arrests, trials, etc.), and some are entirely invented (for instance, Abigail's age is raised by five years, so she can be promiscuous and have disturbing sexual fantasies about her uncle). Aside from the myriad historic inaccuracies, one may wonder if this book is a worthy read. There will be some who will enjoy it, of course, but I am not one of those. There are many narrative breaks that bog down the story, and cause it to be difficult to continue reading. There several incidents of sexual assault as well, usually told from the rapist's point of view, which was disturbing. These, along with many other problems, cause this book to be one of very few that I do not recommend.