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Crane pond : a novel of Salem

Author: Richard Francis
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Crane Pond, Richard Francis reveals a side of the history that is not often recounted, as he skillfully constructs a portrait of Samuel Sewall, the only judge to later admit that a terrible mistake had been made. In a colony on the edge of survival in a mysterious new world where infant mortality is high and sin is to blame, Sweall is committed to being a loving family man, a good citizen, and a fair-minded  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Named Person: Samuel Sewall; Samuel Sewall; Samuel Sewall; Samuel Sewall
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Francis
ISBN: 9781609453510 1609453514
OCLC Number: 959555930
Description: 350 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Richard Francis.

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"In Crane Pond, Richard Francis reveals a side of the history that is not often recounted, as he skillfully constructs a portrait of Samuel Sewall, the only judge to later admit that a terrible mistake had been made. In a colony on the edge of survival in a mysterious new world where infant mortality is high and sin is to blame, Sweall is committed to being a loving family man, a good citizen, and a fair-minded judge. Like any believing Puritan, he agonizes over what others think of him, while striving to act morally correct, keep the peace, and (hopefully make time to) enjoy a hefty slice of pie. His one regret is that only months before he didn't sentence a group of pirates to death. What begins as a touching story of a bumbling man tasked with making judgements in a society where reason is often ephemeral, quickly becomes the chilling narrative we know too well. And when public opinion wavers, Sweall learns that what has been done cannot be undone."--Amazon.com.

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