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Winner 2010 IPPY SILVER MEDAL for Historical Fiction (Independent Publisher Book Awards)
A Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist

Something terrible happened in Salem in 1692 . . . but it isn't what you think!

THE AFFLICTED GIRLS A Novel of Salem by author-researcher Suzy Witten presents a startling new theory of the Salem Village witch-hunts which is certain to put this 300 year old unsettled mystery to rest . . . by expertly guiding readers through The Historical Record to revelation. Part parable, part star-crossed romance, and part supernatural venture, this is an intuitive human history--and inhuman--spun with a modern twist. Centering her story on Salem Village and its inhabitants, exploring their dark household corners as if she is solving a crime, the author adeptly details how the disintegration occurred while spinning familiar facts in new directions, with the mysterious "afflictions" finally explained. A controversial debut by a new Historical storyteller. (For ages 17 and older)

Historical Fiction, Visionary Fiction 456 pages

About the Author

Suzy Witten's career spans twenty years in the entertainment industry: as a filmmaker, screenwriter, story analyst, and editor for film and television. A graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, she was nominated for the Lillian Gish Women In Film filmmaking award, and was a Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist for her story about the Salem witch-hunt. Currently, she works as a public information officer, writer and researcher during disasters for FEMA. She resides in Los Angeles. THE AFFLICTED GIRLS is her first novel.


(Independent Publisher Book Awards, honoring the year's best books from Independent Publishers, Small Presses and University Presses)


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Publisher: DREAMWAND (20 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036ZAOCK
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Suzy Witten's career spans more than twenty years in the entertainment industry: as a filmmaker, screenwriter, story analyst, and editor for film and television. She holds two degrees from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts (USC film school). Her film about Hollywood's runaway teenagers was nominated by Women In Film for a Lillian Gish Award, and she was a Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist for her screenplay about the 1692 Salem witch-hunt. She works as a writer and researcher during disasters for FEMA (US Federal Emergency Management Agency) Public Affairs. She resides in Los Angeles. The Afflicted Girls is her first novel.

THE AFFLICTED GIRLS A Novel of Salem WINS 2010 IPPY SILVER MEDAL for Historical/Military Fiction (INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS). Independent Publisher Book Awards honors the year's best books from independent publishers, small presses, and university presses for the North American market.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read 10 Feb 2010
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The Afflicted Girls has it all: a wonderful, absorbing story and a fascinating cast of characters. I was caught up in the tale from the first page - unlike so many books where one has to wade through numerous pages before the story becomes interesting.

We see Salem and the events that happened there at the end of the 1600s in a new and compelling way. As the story unfolds it reads like a good mystery and yet it is a lot more; as the author has done extensive research into the language, customs and conventions of the time in which the story takes place. I particularly enjoyed the wonderful use of language. We are also provided with careful descriptions of eating habits, the manners in which varieties of herbs were used, the use of utensils and cooking practices, many of which are no longer in evidence. Intertwined in the tale Ms Witten has written of the sexual practices of her characters again using the language and mores of the time in a very interesting manner.

The cast of characters are well-developed and believable. There are heroines such as the orphan Mercy Lewis and Bridget Bishop: the intelligent free-spirited owner of the local tavern who has a keen business sense and a significant knowledge of herbs, charms and potions. The mystical and exotic Tituba, an Arawak Indian from a Carib tribe who is a recurring pillar in the story,.

Throughout the book the author has inserted quotes relevant to the story, from the writings of the time but also lovely lines of poetry.

Always in the background for the residents of Salem Village is the Devil; he is feared and to many is always ready to pounce on those persons who are unvigilant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Afflicted Girls by Suzy Witten 13 Jan 2010
Suzy Witten's historical mystery is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly winter's day. Saying this, is it a great beach read too (I know because it accompanied me on both).

Right from the start, the reader is jolted back in time to 1690s New England - an extreme and harsh world of intense beliefs, rarely rational and often veering towards the magical. The historical information provided is fascinating, while the narrative is so cinematic that the reader is absolutely pulled in. The two main characters, Mercy and Abigail, are so alive they seem to dart out of the book. The rottenness of the place and many of the people there is a major theme.

The book suggests that the witch trials actually had a 'rational' cause of a girlish prank gone very wrong. This is an interesting thesis but what I most enjoyed about the book was its open endednes, that nothing is quite what it seems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 2 Jan 2010
5 Stars. Although I read mostly non-fiction, I was asked by the author to read and review her recently published novel about the Salem Village witch-hunt: "The Afflicted Girls." THE AFFLICTED GIRLS I expected to read a well-researched, well-written book. Instead, I read the most provocative, insightful and engaging historical novel about what occurred in colonial Salem in 1692. Suzy Witten has dived deep into the historical record of Salem and brought back the elusive pearl: the only satisfactory explanation in 300 years for those mysterious afflictions at the heart of the Salem Village witch hunt, and for its cruel aftermath. This book is powerful--a complex story written from numerous points of view of many of the famous characters, who all intersect dramatically, but not in typical ways. This is a suspenseful retelling, well-structured, cinematic, and authentic in its period voice, but at the same time curiously modern, and relevant. With exposure this book, I believe, could garner as much praise for its reconstruction of Salem, as Arthur Miller reaped for his.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How could this happen? 13 Mar 2012
The Salem Witch Trials have fascinated people for over 300 years. A frenzy of accusation and executions, followed by recantation and vindication--but much too late. It's the stuff of horror stories.

How could this madness be triggered by the wild accusations of children and adolescents? Oh, so easily. There's always someone who has something to gain...

The author has spun a terrifying tale, drawing us deftly into the minds and hearts of the major characters. Her story makes sense. It could have happened much that way...and it could happen again.

This is not a book for the precious and delicately sensitive. But it is a good read for anyone who can bring an open mind to it, and has a sound grasp of the way society actually functioned at the end of the 17th century. Thoughtless brutality and smug hypocrisy existed--whether you like to read about it or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective 10 Aug 2011
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Bob Davidson - I thoroughly enjoyed this work. It captures the dark, sombre ambience of the times and of old Salem, while simultaneously illuminating all facets of the intriguing characters that populate its pages. Well written, optimally paced and presenting an original take on a generally well known phenomenon in early American history. Robert Davidson. The Tuzla Run
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