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The Last Witchfinder (Paperback)

Author:  James Morrow
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060821809
ISBN-13: 9780060821807
Sku: 202800749
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  526
Age Range:  NA
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Jennet Stearnes's father hangs witches, but when this precocious child witnesses the death of her beloved Aunt Isobel, unjustly executed as sorceress, she makes it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act.
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Jennet Stearne's father hangs witches for a living in Restoration England. But when she witnesses the unjust and horrifying execution of her beloved aunt Isobel, the precocious child decides to make it her life's mission to bring down the Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. Armed with little save the power of reason, and determined to see justice prevail, Jennet hurls herself into a series of picaresque adventures—traveling from King William's Britain to the fledgling American Colonies to an uncharted island in the Caribbean, braving West Indies pirates, Algonquin Indian captors, the machinations of the Salem Witch Court, and the sensuous love of a young Ben Franklin. For Jennet cannot and must not rest until she has put the last witchfinder out of business.

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Jennet Stearne, the daughter of a professional English witchfinder, turns against the family business when her own aunt is burned at the stake for her professed interest in the scientific method. Soon, the Stearnes are relocated to Salem, where Jennet's continued crusade against witch hunting sets her at odds with her father and zealous younger brother. In the end, after a stint among the Algonquin Indians and a jaunt with Benjamin Franklin to a utopian community in the Caribbean, Jennet finds herself on trial in Philadelphia for practicing Satanism and black magic. James Morrow calls on his signature absurdity, intelligence, and bravura wit to create a wild historical romp that pits the forces of fanaticism against the power of skepticism and science.
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James Morrow
James Morrow is a satirist who writes literary sf--which is to say that he utilizes the trappings of science fiction and fantasy to get his points across, but he's given respect by critics outside the genre. Born in Philadelphia, he received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and an M.A. from Harvard in 1971. He then worked as an English teacher, an independent filmmaker, and a cartoonist. His first novel, THE WINE OF VIOLENCE, was published in 1981, but his breakout work was his post-apocalyptic third novel in 1986, THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. An atheist himself, many of Morrow's works tend to focus on the nature of deity, organized religion, and faith. He is perhaps best known for the GODHEAD trilogy, comprised of the novels TOWING JEHOVAH (winner of the 1995 World Fantasy Award), BLAMELESS IN ABADDON (a 1996 New York Times Notable Book), and THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN, in which God has died and left behind a 2-mile-long corpse.

James Morrow is a satirist who writes literary sf--which is to say that he utilizes the trappings of science fiction and fantasy to get his points across, but he's given respect by critics outside the genre. Born in Philadelphia, he received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and an M.A. from Harvard in 1971. He then worked as an English teacher, an independent filmmaker, and a cartoonist. His first novel, THE WINE OF VIOLENCE, was published in 1981, but his breakout work was his post-apocalyptic third novel in 1986, THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. An atheist himself, many of Morrow's works tend to focus on the nature of deity, organized religion, and faith. He is perhaps best known for the GODHEAD trilogy, comprised of the novels TOWING JEHOVAH (winner of the 1995 World Fantasy Award), BLAMELESS IN ABADDON (a 1996 New York Times Notable Book), and THE ETERNAL FOOTMAN, in which God has died and left behind a 2-mile-long corpse.

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"This tour-de-force of early America bears a buoyant humor to lighten its macabre load." 12/12/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0526
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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