The Season of the Witch

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The Season of the Witch
First edition
AuthorJames Leo Herlihy
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster (USA)
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages384 pp (hardback edition)

The Season of the Witch is a novel by James Leo Herlihy. The story is written in the form of a journal that spans three months in the life of teenage runaway Gloria Glyczwych during the autumn of 1969.

Plot summary[edit]

Gloria decides to run away from home with her gay friend John McFadden. Both of them have a reason to leave: Gloria wants to find her estranged father, and John wants to avoid joining the Army and being sent to Vietnam. They head from Michigan to New York City, where they meet a host of colorful characters. The novel explores the personal freedoms of the late 1960s, including casual drug use, draft evasion, and homosexuality, and beyond that, to incest.[1]


  1. ^ Houston, Levin (1971-04-17), "Herlihy Captures Reader", The Free Lance–Star, Fredericksburg, Va., retrieved 2010-02-11