Sunday, October 4, 2009

THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER: BOOK CLUBS' PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
THE HERETIC'S DAUGHTER

BY KATHLEEN KENT

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Martha Carrier was one of the first women to be accused, tried and hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. Like her mother, young Sarah Carrier is bright and willful, openly challenging the small, brutal world in which they live. Often at odds with one another, mother and daughter are forced to stand together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft. This is the story of Martha's courageous defiance and ultimate death, as told by the daughter who survived. Kathleen Kent is a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England, but also of one family's deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Kathleen Kent lives in Dallas with her husband and son. The Heretic's Daughter is her first novel.

Kathleen Kent is a tenth- generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She is also a masterful storyteller, and in her first novel she paints a haunting portrait, not just of Puritan New England but also of one family’s deep and abiding love in the face of fear and persecution. More detailed information and family trees can be found at Kathleen's website here.

Most of the books that have influenced and touched me the most are historical fiction. When I was a child I read a lot of Dickens, Poe and H.H. Monroe. Some of my favorites from the past are "The Quincunx", by Charles Palliser, "Instance of the Fingerpost" by Iain Pears, "The Weight of Water" by Anita Shreve, and "The Source" by James Mitchener. I also read everything by Annie Dillard, Cormac McCarthy and Larry McMurtry. Currently I'm re-reading a book called "The Long Home" by William Gay who is, to me, one of the best writers in American fiction today.

READING GROUP GUIDE QUESTIONS (GREAT FOR BOOK CLUBS):

1) How was Sarah changed by living with her cousin Margaret? How was she changed by returning to her family?

2) What was it about Martha's character that seemed to antagonize so many neighbors?

3) What do you think was the most compelling reason that Martha was eventually brought to trial?

4) Discuss the various factors that lead to the witch hysteria.

5) Why did Martha choose to take a stand of innocence knowing that a refused confession meant death?

6) Why did Thomas, despite his size and capabilities, not seek to persuade or deter Martha from her course of action?

7) Why did the community of Salem, and the magistrates, so easily believe in and rely on "spectral evidence”?

8) How has reading the book changed your opinions about the men and women hanged as witches?

9) Are there modern day "witches”?

10) Can we, or should we, redefine the meaning of the word "witch"?

GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO VALERIE AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I HAVE
FIVE COPIES OF THIS BOOK TO
GIVE AWAY. HERE IS WHAT YOU
NEED TO DO TO WIN A COPY!

RULES:

(You do NOT have to be in a book club to enter)
---U.S. AND CANADIAN RESIDENTS ONLY
---NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
---ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHY YOU THINK THIS BOOK WOULD BE A GOOD BOOK TO ADD TO YOUR LIBRARY

+1 MORE ENTRY: IF YOU BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY, LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW

+1 MORE ENTRY: RATE MY BLOG IN THE BOX IN THE RIGHT COLUMN AND COME BACK AND TELL ME YOU DID....YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME HOW YOU SCORED ME, JUST THAT YOU DID IT. THANKS! (AND I TRUST YOU!)

ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY
6 PM, EST, OCTOBER 30



TO ALL!

92 comments:

fredamans said...

Thank you for the entries.

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+1 This looks like a very good, thought provoking book that I do wish to read.

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holdenj said...

Ever since reading The Crucible in high school, I always like finding out more about that time period in Salem history.
And it's very interesting that Kent is a descendant.

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Zia said...

+1 I think it would be a great read and great reads belong in my ever growing library.

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Jo-Jo said...

I think this would be a great book for my library because it deals with women having to deal with being persecuted.

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Valorie said...

It would be a good one for my bookshelf because I love historical fiction and I love books based on the lives of women.

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traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. I am intrigued by this amazing novel. The historical aspect as wel as the story is appealing.
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bekki1820cb said...

I have alwyas likeed reading books that have to do with the Salem Witch Trials. Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

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Barbara said...

I would love to win this book. It looks like a good read.

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Vicki said...

I've never read a book like this so I think it would make a great addition to my library!

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etirv said...

I've always been drawn to books or movies about Salem and witches!

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Linna said...

I'm always interested in stories about women's struggles. This book seems to have a nice story to tell. I would love to read it. :D

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rubynreba said...

I'd like to read about witchcraft.
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Amanda said...

This sounds like a very good book.
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Amanda said...

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Stacie said...

My best friend is Wiccan so I am always intrigued to learn more about witchcraft!

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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+1 I think this would be a very informative book to add to my library, especially as it highlights (under the guise of the Salem Witch Trials) a particuarly brutal period of gender persecution. It is truly hard to imagine that otherwise sane individuals could have had a hand in such a travesty of justice :(


But I still would love to read this and thanks for the chance :)

Mary Ann DeBorde said...

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And I rated your wonderful blog - LOVE it (but how do you keep up with everything? lol)

Anonymous said...

This is a book that deals with women, their hardships and struggles. I have a collection of books in my bookcase that touch on the same theme. This book would fit right in with the others.

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Brenda said...

I've always been interested in the Salem Witch Trials, so would love to be entered for this!

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Booklogged said...

I'd like The Heretic's Daughter in my library because then I could read it.

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Esme said...

I love historical fiction-although until I saw the cover I thought this was for The Heretic Queen.

Thank you for the giveaway.

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Sarah Osborne said...

I'm an English major and currently reading novels about the Puritans, so I am fascinated with the story line of this book!

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Sarah Osborne said...

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Sarah Osborne said...

I blogged!

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thetruebookaddict said...

I have always been fascinated with the Salem Witch Trials. It all started with reading The Crucible in high school English. I have a great collection of fiction and non-fiction on the subject and would love to add this to it!

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Thanks for another great contest!

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+1 I tweeted the giveaway:

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Pam said...

I find the Salem witch trials fascinating and would love to read more about it. This book is already on my wish list so I'd love to win it! I belong to a book club too if that gets me bonus points :)

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Pam said...

I rated your blog!

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Debbie said...

Like you, historical fiction is always a pleasure! I'd love it . fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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Jessica said...

I would love to be entered for the giveaway. Count me in please.

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Jessica said...

I think this would be great to add to my library because well any book is a must have but if only half the things I've read about this book are true then I'll enjoy it very much.

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DarcyO said...

I would love to learn more about the Puritans and their idea of witches. Please include me.

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gahome2mom said...

The title of this book sounds good enough to read.
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roxxyroller said...

This book appears to be very interesting, especially when mother and daughter team up together against the escalating hysteria of the trials and the superstitious tyranny that led to the torture and imprisonment of more than 200 people accused of witchcraft!!

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Chelsea said...

I think adding this book to my library would add a classier feel to my bookshelf of mostly YA novels right now.

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--Chelsea

Sarah said...

I think this would be a great addition to my library because I have visited Salem, Massachusetts and am very interested in the history of the Salem witch trials.

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nfmgirl said...

This looks like such a great book. Stirring, delving into one of the ugliest periods of American history, and exploring the bond of family. Please count me in!

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Tracie Yule said...

I would love to read this book because I love historical fiction especially books centered about the oppression of women.

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Glenn said...

I've always enjoyed historical fiction and this is a different type of book than others of that genre I've read. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Amy said...

I'd like to add this book to my library because Martha and Sarah too sound like strong, courageous women whose stories is inspiring and women like that should be heard. I'd like to hear their story.

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Amy said...

I rated your blog!

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Katy said...

I love historical fiction, and although I love Regency England novels, I am really trying to expand my library of historical fiction based in the US. This book is on my wishlist--I've been wanting to get a copy ever since I first saw it. :)

Katy said...

I also rated your blog. :)

Jo-Jo said...

I blogged about your contest here.

And I also rated your blog!

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Sarah said...

I also rated your blog.

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Raspberry said...

I love Salem Witch Trial stories, but I could use more adult books, since I have such a strong collection of teen and juvenile.
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Raspberry said...

I also rated your blog.
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nfmgirl said...

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Esme said...

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Stacey said...

So excited about this book, I've been reading fiction and non-fiction about our history with "witches" in America since middle school when I discovered "The Crucible." Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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Katy said...

I just tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/afewmorepages

Mariela said...

The fact that its based on a real person and not just a specific historical time makes it interesting, because its more personal.

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FrankSandy said...

I enjoy all types of novels, and would certainly enjoy this one. walkerd@primus.ca

FrankSandy said...

I enjoy read all types of novels. I know I'd enjoy this one. walkerd@primus.ca

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Sarah said...

tweet

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Jenn M. said...

I swore I already entered this, but I don't see my post! I must keep better track of these things!

I'd love to read this book because I have read so many good reviews about it! And, good books always belong on my bookshelf!

ossmcalc said...

I am fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials. This is a book that I have been wanting to read since I first read a review of it. Maybe this time, I will get lucky and win a copy of it.

thank you,

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ossmcalc said...

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Thank you,

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Anonymous said...

Witches and witchcraft...a very timely book. walkermisc@primus.ca

Deb K said...

I would love to win this book as any stories about Salem I love to read!

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pixie13 said...

I'd love to add this to my library because The Salem witch trials are fascinating. Thanks!

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Anonymous said...

What could be more fascinating than witches and witchcraft. walkermisc@primus.ca

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i would love to add this to my libuary cause i love to read about historical fiction

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lag123 said...

I love to read about the Salem Witch trials. This book sounds really good.

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Jaime said...

I love reading period books and Salem's history has always been interesting
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I almost missed this contest! I would love to have this book because I always need to learn more history and it sounds like an interesting story.

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