"The heroic, victimized Concepción feels engineered, but de Alba's Puritans are as rich and complex as any characters in recent historical fiction."
Widely disparate strands of New World history converge in this fiction from de Alba (Desert Blood
, 2005, etc.) about a young Mexican woman who surmounts one cruelty after another only to find herself accused of witchcraft in 17th-century Boston.
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