NWS Virtual Event: Chris Bohjalian with "Hour of the Witch"
Chris Bohjalian is on a roll and shows no sign of slowing down. He’ll be at the National Writers Series April 29th with a riveting historical thriller, Hour of the Witch. While movie fans are streaming The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco on HBO Max, based on Bohjalian’s 2018 book, theater-goers are raving about the stage adaptation of Midwives, his 1997 book that introduced Bohjalian to legions of fans. In March 2020, he published the eerily timely, plagued-filled thriller, The Red Lotus. Set in 17th century New England on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials, Hour of the Witch, which comes out April 20, is the twisting story of a young Puritan wife, Mary Deerfield, who petitions for divorce from her abusive husband — only to end up on trial for witchcraft. The book is inspired by the first divorce in North America for domestic violence. As a harsh winter descends and mass hysteria sweeps the New England coastline, Mary must race against the clock to convince a suspicious town ruled by the Puritanical fist of the Church to save her from her husband, or, more pressingly, the noose. It’s a timely historical novel about love, fear, feminine power, and the distrust of those in positions of power. And, because it is Chris Bohjalian, the book wouldn’t be complete without an audacious, high-stakes twist at the end.