It's hard to believe that The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is a debut novel. Katherine Howe weaves multiple narratives together, creating an engaging story of colonial 1690's life as well as early 1990's academic life in New England. This story is part magical realism, part historical fiction, part mystery, part family dynamics and part love story. But it's all awesome.
I lovedy love when a historian can write well, and bring their era of passion to life. Howe not only created an interesting, believable, and intriguing tale- she inspired me to learn more about life in Salem, MA at the time of the witch trials.
I highly recommend this one for fans of historical fiction, wonderfully bookish female protagonists, graduate students (especially of American history), witchcraft, New England, and religion. It's refreshing, engaging, and made me pick up Howe's second book as soon as I put this one down.