The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane cover.JPG
First edition cover
Author Katherine Howe
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Hyperion
Publication date
9 June 2009
Media type Print Hardcover
Pages 384 pp
ISBN ISBN 1-4013-4090-3
OCLC 262886389

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is the first novel written by Katherine Howe, published by VOICE, an imprint of Hyperion (publisher).[1]
Physick Book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list on June 20, 2009.[2]


The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane takes place in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Salem, Massachusetts, and Marblehead, Massachusetts, flashing back and forth between two time periods: during the Salem witch trials in 1692, and the summer of 1991.

Plot introduction[edit]

Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance (Hazeltine) Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest—to find out who this woman was and to unearth a rare artifact of singular power: a physick book, its pages a secret repository for lost knowledge.

As the pieces of Deliverance’s harrowing story begin to fall into place, Connie is haunted by visions of the long-ago witch trials, and she begins to fear that she is more tied to Salem’s dark past than she could have ever imagined.[3]


  1. ^ "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - Every Woman's Voice". Every Woman's Voice. Hyperion. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  2. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer. "New York Times Bestseller List". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^ "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane - About the Book". Physick Book. Katherine Howe. Retrieved 2009-06-04.