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Katherine Howe

Katherine HoweKatherine Howe was born in Houston, Texas, and holds degrees in art history and philosophy from Columbia and in American and New England Studies from Boston University. She is the author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and which has been translated into twenty-five languages. In 2012 she hosted the Expedition Week special “Salem: Unmasking the Devil” on the National Geographic Channel. Her new novel, a historical thriller set in Boston in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking entitled The House of Velvet and Glass, was released in the US in April 2012, and was a USA Today and New York Times e-book bestseller. She lives in upstate New York with her family, where she teaches historical fiction at Cornell while working on her next novel. In her free time she tries to preserve her garden from the groundhog under the porch stairs, and enjoys roaming the woods, reading books, and sailing.

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane: On the Edge

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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

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There are a few tropes that will convince me to pick up almost any book that promises to contain them. I'll call one of them "Searching for a Long-Lost Book," and another "All My Forebears Were Secretly Witches." Katherine Howe's The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane features both of these, so it's no surprise that I'd wanted to read it for a long time. I confess I was privately hoping for a book that combined the aw... Read More

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fantasy and science fiction book reviewsThe House of Velvet and Glass — (2012) Publisher: Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball. Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sybil flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium. But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Jones, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass. From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist in a breathtaking novel that will thrill readers.


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