Chris Bohjalian presents THE HOUR OF THE WITCH in conversation with Joe Donahue

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The beloved bestselling Vermont author Chris Bohjalian joins us virtually to present the New York Times Bestseller The Hour of the Witch. Bohjalian will appear in conversation with WAMC/Northeast Public Radio's Joe Donahue.


From the acclaimed author of The Flight Attendant: “Historical fiction at its best…. The book is a thriller in structure, and a real page-turner, the ending both unexpected and satisfying” (Diana Gabaldon, bestselling author of the Outlander series, The Washington Post).

 young Puritan woman—faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soulplots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense.

Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary's hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life.

But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary—a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony—soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary's garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows.

A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

One of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction for 2021 • A Real Simple Best New Book  A Read It Forward Most Anticipated Book  A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book  CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book  A GoodReads Most Anticipated Book  An AARP Most Anticipated Book

Hour of the Witch is historical fiction at its best… Insightful and empathetic… Thick with details as chowder is with clams… Handled with great skill and delicacy. The book is a thriller in structure, and a real page-turner, the ending both unexpected and satisfying.”
—Diana Gabaldon, The Washington Post


CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one books, including The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which will be an HBO Max limited series later this year starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of EdenMidwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont.



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Hour of the Witch: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Chris Bohjalian Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525432692
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Published: Vintage - January 25th, 2022

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