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The Mercies by [Kirin Millwood Hargrave]
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An Amazon Best Book of February 2020: It’s 1617 and there isn’t much that is not unforgiving when it comes to the far-flung and frigid town of Vardø, Norway, including the sea that surrounds it, which swallows the majority of its male population in an epic storm while they’re out fishing. The women are forced to fend for themselves or starve, but in a world where gender roles are prescribed and biblical patriarchy reigns, starving would be more acceptable than doing the “men’s work” necessary to survive. For the few that deem this option impractical, the fact that they are able to do so with relative ease means that witchcraft must be involved! And the pious are only too willing to bite the hands that are feeding them, and cooperate with the man recruited to restore the natural order of things. It’s a good thing Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Mercies is so beautifully written, it balances the brutality of what unfolds, but doesn’t blunt the impact of a cautionary tale that is surprisingly relevant for its historical setting. A page-turner that is infuriating, baleful, but full of stubborn hope, you won’t cry mercy before finishing it. —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"A beautifully rendered portrait of a community, a landscape, and a relationship. I read it with equal parts hope and dread."

-- "Tracy Chevalier, New York Times bestselling author"

"A novel for our times with artistry and skill. Maren's story is powerful, at turns, it is disturbing, and ultimately illuminating. You will ponder it long after you finish this magnificent work."

-- "Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author"

"In clean, gripping sentences the author is wonderfully tuned to the ways and gestures of a seemingly taciturn people...This chilling tale of religious persecution is served up with a feminist bite."

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"This one has all the most delicious ingredients--witches, the Arctic, and the disappearance of men...Millwood Hargrave's story turns on an unlikely female friendship forged in the icy climate of a witch trial."

-- "Glamour" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 4986 KB
  • Publication Date : February 11, 2020
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 338 pages
  • Publisher : Little, Brown and Company (February 11, 2020)
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1529005124
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • ASIN : B07SGQ8M32
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 435 ratings

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