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Hour of the Witch
A Novel
By (author): Chris Bohjalian
9780385542432 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Historical / Colonial America & Revolution May 04, 2021
$38.95 CAD
Forthcoming 6.13 x 9.25 in | 1.63 lb 416 pages Doubleday
A Read It Forward Most Anticipated Book of 2021

A young Puritan woman—faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul—plots her escape from a violent marriage in this riveting and propulsive novel of historical suspense from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Flight Attendant.


Boston, 1662. Mary Deerfield is twenty-four-years-old. Her skin is porcelain, her eyes delft blue, and in England she might have had many suitors. But here in the New World, amid this community of saints, Mary is the second wife of Thomas Deerfield, a man as cruel as he is powerful. When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to save her life. But in a world where every neighbor is watching for signs of the devil, a woman like Mary—a woman who harbors secret desires and finds it difficult to tolerate the brazen hypocrisy of so many men in the colony—soon becomes herself the object of suspicion and rumor. When tainted objects are discovered buried in Mary’s garden, when a boy she has treated with herbs and simples dies, and when their servant girl runs screaming in fright from her home, Mary must fight to not only escape her marriage, but also the gallows. A twisting, tightly plotted novel of historical suspense from one of our greatest storytellers, Hour of the Witch is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt.

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT: Sales for this title have been soaring, hitting #1 on the mass-market list and appearing on bestseller lists for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

FILM AND TV: The Flight Attendant will land on small screens as a series from HBO Max starring Kaley Cuoco, bringing major attention to this author. The Red Lotus has been optioned as well and is in development.

THE ORIGINAL WITCH HUNT: This book has everything: witches and poison, drinking and adultery, religious fanaticism and courtroom drama. It’s a fascinating and feminist take on Puritan New England and the most fun thing since Daniel Day-Lewis screamed about his sins with Winona Ryder in The Crucible.

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of twenty-two books, including The Red Lotus, Midwives, and The Flight Attendant, which is an HBO Max limited series starring Kaley Cuoco. His other books include The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; and The Double Bind. His novels Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers were made into movies, and his work has been translated into more than thirty-five languages. He is also a playwright (Wingspan and Midwives). He lives in Vermont and can be found at chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Litsy, and Goodreads, @chrisbohjalian.

Author Residence: Vermont

Marketing: Major online advertising campaign, including NetGalley, Shelf Awareness, and Goodreads

Data-driven ad network targeting mystery/thriller fans, consumers with an interest in witches/the occult, fans of Chris Bohjalian and comp authors, etc.

Promotion and advertising on Facebook and Instagram

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Goodreads giveaways



Publicity: National Review and Media Appearances, including NPR and print features

National Online Interviews, Reviews, and Blog Coverage

Historical Fiction, Horror, and Thriller Press and Media

National Author Tour



Author Website: chrisbohjalian.com

Author Social Media: TW, FB and IG: @ChrisBohjalian

A Lit Hub Most Anticipated Book of 2021
A CrimeReads Most Anticipated Book of 2021

“Absolutely riveting historical fiction that reads like the most pageturning of thrillers, driven by its compelling heroine Mary Deerfield, a young wife who finds the physical and moral courage to stand up for herself in a time when women could be hung as witches…Hour of the Witch is a woman’s story, a romance, a history lesson, and a legal thriller, all of a piece. I haven’t read a novel like it in recent memory, and I doubt that I will for years to come.”
—Lisa Scottoline

“Throughout Bohjalian’s prolific career, he has rewarded readers with indelibly drawn female protagonists, and the formidable yet vulnerable Mary Deerfield is a worthy addition to the canon. Conjuring up specters of #MeToo recriminations and social media shaming, there are twenty-first-century parallels to Bohjalian’s atmospheric Puritan milieu, and his trademark extensive research pays off in this authentic portrait of courage in the face of society’s worst impulses. Bohjalian is a perennial favorite, and this Salem Witch Hunt drama has a special magnetism.”
Booklist, starred

”A twisty thriller set in 17th-century Boston…With its exploration of themes including domestic abuse, toxic masculinity, and mass hysteria, the novel feels like anything but a period piece.“
Publishers Weekly

”In 1660s Boston, blue-eyed, porcelain-delicate Mary Deerfield is determined to escape her marriage after her husband, the cruel and controlling Thomas Deerfield, shoves a fork through her hand in a drunken rage. Yet unfortunate incidents—a screaming maid, a boy’s death after Mary treats him with herbs—leaves her longing not just for freedom but for her life; she could be condemned to the gallows as a witch. Another surprise read from the fabulously protean, New York Times best-selling Bohjalian…Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix.“
Library Journal

”Illustrates how rough justice can get when religion and institutional sexism are in the mix."
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