The Heretic’s Daughter
Kathleen Kent, , read by Mare Winningham. . Hachette Audio, $34.98 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-60024-450-6
The panic and horror of the Salem witch trials in Kent’s novel is conveyed with dead-eyed calm and an occasional tremor of emotion by Mare Winningham, whose tempered, dispassionate voice is not given to great displays of drama. Her melodiousness is pleasing to the ear, and Kent’s novel becomes a sort of long-form song possessed of many verses and no chorus. At times, the melody overwhelms the meaning, but Winningham is more than capable as a reader, and her reading of Kent’s sad tale of women accused and accusing emits a hint of deeply buried, untouchable tragedy.
Reviewed on: 10/27/2008