by Jeanette Winterson

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A visceral, brutal, and spare historical novel. England, 1612. King James I is ruling, and any remaining Catholics have fled to Lancashire. The law there uses their power to retaliate, rape, abuse, and torture, whether their victims be accused of sympathizing with the pope or of witchcraft. Alice Nutter is a wealthy and respected resident, but even she may not escape accusations when she tries to help the imprisoned Demdike clan. Atmospheric and sparse, this novel reminds us that true horror may not be supernatural manifestations, it is in the inhumanity of how people treat each other.

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