On Sale: September 16, 2008
Featuring: Lauren Durough
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“We understand what we want to
Leaving a life of privilege to
strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with
convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a
state college over Stanford and earning her own income
over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a
part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles,
who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her
ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch
Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself
drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago.
As the fervor around the witch accusations increases,
Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable
to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and
superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of
Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living
on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.
strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take
a startling new look at her own life, including her
relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a
young man named Raul. But on the way to the truth, will
Lauren find herself playing the helpless defendant or the
misguided judge? Can she break free from her own
perceptions and see who she really is?
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