Picks and Pans Review: The Heretic's Daughter

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Kathleen Kent

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REVIEWED BY THAILAN PHAM

FICTION
Set in the Puritan era, Kent's debut is based on her own heritage: She is a descendant of one of the first women to be hung as a witch in Salem. Kent tells Martha Carrier's story through the eyes of her 9-year-old daughter Sarah, whose voice has the rawness of a child matured too soon; she envisions her doomed mother "cleaving to the truth" until the end. Gripping and evocative, Heretic is a powerful tale of a perilous time.

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