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The Reader's Den: "The Heretic's Daughter" Discussion Questions
I hope you all have been enjoying The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent. The following are some discussion questions to help get the conversation rolling! Feel free to post your own thoughts and comments to let us know what you think about the book.
In the novel, Sarah comments on how her mother did not show strong affection towards her little sister because young children during this time period did not have a long life expectancy. However, Sarah feels that her mother doesn’t show much affection towards anyone. Do you find this trait is shared by other characters in the novel? Is Martha Carrier trying to distance herself in order to be more protective of her emotions?
While you read the novel, are you coming across new information that you weren’t familiar with about the Salem Witch Trials? Has Kathleen Kent successfully painted a believable portrait of this time period?