Book Review: Tituba


Title: Tituba
Author: Dave Tamanini
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Think you know the Salem story?

Revisit Salem’s Terror in a Provocative New Retelling

Tituba explores the emotions and reasons driving unstable times in 1692.

With its magical point of view, let Tituba cast its spell with a unique and tantalizing tale that will have you wondering “what if.”

A Promise and a Hope

Enslaved Tituba has been faithful to a promise to her dying mama in Africa. She has appeased the masters from Barbados to Boston to Salem and waited for her magic.

A Mother’s Agony

When Tituba’s only son dies trying to escape slavery, her life changes forever. After enduring the crush only a mother can feel, she rages and turns to vengeance.

Witches Tear into Salem

The villagers see witches and demons everywhere. Their ministers say the Devil has sent them to steal souls. But they are wrong. It is Tituba—disobeying an ancient rule—conjuring terrifying images with magic that sparks the infamous witch hunts of 1692.

A Woman’s Dilemma

As neighbors accuse neighbors of witchcraft, hysterical trials follow. And Tituba gloats in her power. But when hangings begin, her conscience arises. Can she confront her secret crime? And when a chance for redemption presents itself, will she take it?

My Review

This book did not go where I thought it was gonna go. It was very well told and written. If you want a different angle on the Salem Witch Trials then this is a good book to read. It is not a hard read and it will grab your attention pretty quickly. Tituba is a mother and wife that has been horribly treated and you can understand completely why she did what she did.

 

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.

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