Sunday, March 29, 2009

Newes from the Dead

Newes From the Dead by Mary Hooper

Imagine what it would be like to be accused of a terrible crime you did not commit. Imagine what it would feel like to be found guilty and sentenced to hang. Imagine what it would be like to wake up to discover you survived the hanging only to find yourself in a coffin, unable to move or speak.

This riveting and relentlessly realistic novel is based on the true story of Anne Green. In 1650, the young servant girl was found guilty of murdering her newborn child. This is a fictionalized account of the events before and after the trial. The characters are written so clearly the reader feels connected to them from the first to the last page. Life in England during the 1600s was not easy, especially for the vast majority who were poor and without political influence. Anne's story is an emotional roller coaster between sympathy, horror and hope, but well worth the trip.

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