The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (Paperback)
Voice, 9781401341336, 376pp.
Publication Date: April 6, 2010
June 2009 Indie Next List
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Praise For The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane…
"Compulsively readable. . . . The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is smart, and Howe's research translates into a vividly imagined narrative. The social forces driving Deliverance's life come alive, as do the realities of the not so distant pre-Internet and cellphone realities of Connie's world. The novel is a page-turner, but the characters, not the plot, dominate."
"I thought I had found another Alice Hoffman as I began Katherine Howe's debut novel, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, perhaps a little practical magic overlaying a story of romance. Yes and no. It has definite Hoffman vibes, but with a little Da Vinci Code, Stephen King, and academic discourse thrown in to create a charming and different mix. . . . Howe is masterful."
"A sensational debut novel . . . carries on every page Howe's unique passion, wit, intelligence, and spirit."
-Matthew Pearl, bestselling author of The Dante Club and The Poe Shadow
"A terrific debut novel . . . a captivating thriller of the hidden powers of women throughout the centuries."
"Literary alchemy . . . powerful enough to deliver a charming summer read."
-Christian Science Monitor
"Howe pairs a scholarly search for a missing book with the thrill of spine-tingling witchery."
-Dallas Morning News
"If you need some magic in your life . . . lose yourself in The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane."
"A devilishly delightful read."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"A witch story that will leave you spellbound . . . Once in a while, a new writer offers up a hypnotic tale of the supernatural that has the publishing world quivering with excitement. In 2005 it was Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian; in 2006 it was Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale. This summer, The Physick Book is magic."
"This isn't the same old hang-the-sorceror tale. It has a bedeviling twist."
-New York Daily News