Meet New York times best selling author Brunonia Berry at Rice Library and hear about her latest new book ‘The Fifth Petal.’ Ms. Barry, of Salem, Massachusetts, is a descendant of Rebecca Nurse, one of the women hanged as a witch during the Salem witch trials. Ms. Barry’s new novel, The Fifth Petal, weaves the story of the accused women with present day research, and a dash of mysticism, to create a modern-day murder mystery.
“The Fifth Petal is a literary thriller that beautifully straddles the line between sensational and sublime, illuminating history and hysteria in a fictional context that never fails to resonate as being very much of this world. Barry melds mysticism, myth, and religion in this ambitious, multigenerational saga in near-epic proportions, resulting in a veritable witches’ brew. In a publishing environment that values expediency, the author, who spent five years writing this book, proves that good storytelling, like perspective, often benefits from the passage of time. Prepare to fall under her spell.”
The Strand Magazine, John B. Valeri