Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials

Marilynne K. Roach, Author
Marilynne K. Roach. Da Capo, $18.99 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-306-82120-2
Reviewed on: 10/21/2013
Release date: 09/01/2013
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Roach (The Salem Witch Trials) makes history more accessible in her latest book on the infamous mass hysteria that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692–1693, resulting in the executions of 20 supposed "witches," and the accusations of about 200. Roach successfully constructs first-person narratives from the perspectives of six real Salem women—both accusers and accused. This style of narrative provides an intimacy with the Salem people without feeling too fictionalized or overdone. Roach draws on a number of primary and secondary documents to illuminate every detail of the Salem witch trials, while duly paying respect to the victims of these horrific trials. She lays out the facts, but avoids speculation or further analysis. This book is easily digestible even for those who stray away nonfiction, yet readers still reap the benefits of Roach's thorough researched and expertise on the subject. (Sept.)
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