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Product details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press Inc (10 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306821206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306821202
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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InfoDad Blog, 10/10/13
"Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subject...while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salem...will provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events."
"San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review," 10/7/13
"The book is super detailed and fantastically informative on the subject...An eye-opening piece of work...Each page drips with an honest and impartial narrative...Roach has done a great job in honoring the memories of these women with a tasteful and harmonious book."
"Kirkus Reviews," 9/15/13
"[Full of] the author's deep knowledge of virtually every man, woman and child affected by the trials in this bizarre period."
Examiner.com, 9/27/13
"Roach delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history."--Examiner.com, 9/27
"Roanoke Times," 10/27/13
"A focused look at the lives of six of the accused, their accusers, and their neighbors who were part of a dark period in American history."
"Leavenworth Times," 10/29/13
"A well written novel approach to the witch trials worth the time taken while you await the trick-or-treaters this Halloween."
"Open Letters Monthly," 10/1/13
"Immediately immerses its readers in the events of that horrible, vertiginous year, a year which almost certainly started off as mere pranking by some mean-spirited girls but then grew into something much blacker and more complicated. Roach immerses her readers through her customary vivid, forceful writing...The seriously inquisitive now have another great book on the subject."
"ForeWord," Winter 2013
"[Roach's] fact-based insight into these women's lives, along with the moments she breaks into short, fictionalized scenes, puts these lives into perspective, allowinge

InfoDad Blog, 10/10/13
"Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subject...while also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salem...will provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events."


"San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review," 10/7/13
"The book is super detailed and fantastically informative on the subject...An eye-opening piece of work...Each page drips with an honest and impartial narrative...Roach has done a great job in honoring the memories of these women with a tasteful and harmonious book."


"Kirkus Reviews," 9/15/13
"[Full of] the author's deep knowledge of virtually every man, woman and child affected by the trials in this bizarre period."


Examiner.com, 9/27/13
"Roach delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history."--Examiner.com, 9/27


"Roanoke Times," 10/27/13
"A focused look at the lives of six of the accused, their accusers, and their neighbors who were part of a dark period in American history."


"Leavenworth Times," 10/29/13
"A well written novel approach to the witch trials worth the time taken while you await the trick-or-treaters this Halloween."


"Open Letters Monthly," 10/1/13
"Immediately immerses its readers in the events of that horrible, vertiginous year, a year which almost certainly started off as mere pranking by some mean-spirited girls but then grew into something much blacker and more complicated. Roach immerses her readers through her customary vivid, forceful writing...The seriously inquisitive now have another great book on the subject."


"ForeWord," Winter 2013
"[Roach's] fact-based insight into these women's lives, along with the moments she breaks into short, fictionalized scenes, puts these lives into perspective, allowing readers to connect with the events in a way not afforded in other accounts of this period...Roach's work will shed new light on the Salem witch trials, not only by showing how the accusers may have truly believed they were bewitched and tortured, but also by making the innocent women come to life."

"Library Journal," 12/1/2013
"Roach animates information woven together from court records, trial notes, diaries, vital records, sermon notes, and family lore in a successful attempt to personalize [the women's] lives, drawing the reader away from commonly believed stereotypes and sensational folklore."
"American History," April 2014
"[A] richly detailed tapestry of life in 17th-century Salem."
"New England Historical and Genealogical Register," January 2014
"Ambitious...It is astonishing to our twenty-first century minds to see magistrates and judges believing the accusers and calling the 'so called' witches liars when they claimed to be innocent."
"Library Journal," 6/1/14
"[Roach's] writing style offers a refreshing lack of sensationalism...Recommended for readers who love history and those who are curious about the women involved in the notorious events."


InfoDad Blog, 10/10/13
Roach shows how thoroughly she has researched her subjectwhile also giving modern readers something to think about in our own days of social and political witch hunts. Six Women of Salemwill provide a greater sense of the real-world lives of those who engaged in and were victimized by those events.

"San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review," 10/7/13
The book is super detailed and fantastically informative on the subjectAn eye-opening piece of workEach page drips with an honest and impartial narrativeRoach has done a great job in honoring the memories of these women with a tasteful and harmonious book.

"Kirkus Reviews," 9/15/13
[Full of] the author s deep knowledge of virtually every man, woman and child affected by the trials in this bizarre period.

Examiner.com, 9/27/13
Roach delivers a historically intimate narrative that gives readers a front row seat to this desperate and dangerous time in history. Examiner.com, 9/27

"Roanoke Times," 10/27/13
A focused look at the lives of six of the accused, their accusers, and their neighbors who were part of a dark period in American history.

"Leavenworth Times," 10/29/13
A well written novel approach to the witch trials worth the time taken while you await the trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

"Open Letters Monthly," 10/1/13
Immediately immerses its readers in the events of that horrible, vertiginous year, a year which almost certainly started off as mere pranking by some mean-spirited girls but then grew into something much blacker and more complicated. Roach immerses her readers through her customary vivid, forceful writingThe seriously inquisitive now have another great book on the subject.

"ForeWord," Winter 2013
[Roach s] fact-based insight into these women s lives, along with the moments she breaks into short, fictionalized scenes, puts these lives into perspective, allowing readers to connect with the events in a way not afforded in other accounts of this periodRoach s work will shed new light on the Salem witch trials, not only by showing how the accusers may have truly believed they were bewitched and tortured, but also by making the innocent women come to life.

"Library Journal," 12/1/2013
Roach animates information woven together from court records, trial notes, diaries, vital records, sermon notes, and family lore in a successful attempt to personalize [the women s] lives, drawing the reader away from commonly believed stereotypes and sensational folklore.
"American History," April 2014
[A] richly detailed tapestry of life in 17th-century Salem.
"New England Historical and Genealogical Register," January 2014
AmbitiousIt is astonishing to our twenty-first century minds to see magistrates and judges believing the accusers and calling the so called witches liars when they claimed to be innocent.
"Library Journal," 6/1/14
[Roach s] writing style offers a refreshing lack of sensationalismRecommended for readers who love history and those who are curious about the women involved in the notorious events.
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About the Author

Marilynne K. Roach earned a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and works as both a historian and illustrator. She has drawn illustrations and written how-to and travel articles for the Boston Globe, has lectured to groups ranging from kindergarten to senior citizens, and has written several scholarly articles on various aspects of the witch scare. She is a lifelong resident of Watertown, Massachusetts.


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For those of us who've learned the story by watching Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible' this is quite an eye opener, taking the focus away from the good guys versus bad guys approach and showing us the facts. It attempts to show why this happened describing what might called the 'perfect storm' of social conditions, events and mores of the time, leading up the trials and using contemporary source materials tries to get inside the minds of the people involved. There are a couple of faults... (Sussex for instance is not 'over the border' to Norfolk'), there are a lot of names to contend with (not the fault of the author) and the use of fictional openings to chapters read a bit like cheap romance novels, but otherwise it's impeccably researched and extremely well written.
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Absolutely fascinating. The sheer amount of research in here must have taken a lifetime of work from the author. Roach manages to bring the townships, hamlets and all their population to life. I can honestly say that I have never read anything so deeply researched that brings the era alive in all its frightening glory. Resentments and squabbles between the townsfolk resulted in many people, some of them devoted, old folk being brought to trial for witchcraft. The way these people are dealt with is frightening from the speed of prosecution to the gullibility of the jury. An horrific and tragic period of American history seems to play out before the readers eyes as Roach describes each persecutor, accuser and accused in chilling detail. If you have any interest in the Salem witch trials at all, read this book. I am in awe of Roach's research skills.
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I find this a very difficult read. In fact I may have to read it twice to get a thorough understanding of the situations. I a still going through the life of Rebecca, the first of the four (so called) witches but believe me it is no light read.
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What an amazing story. Used this book as reference for a history assignment and could not put it down. Suitable for anyone interested in the era of the witch trials or just as a good read. Original court records and witness accounts make this book historical accurate for academic purposes.
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