Tituba now available as an Audiobook
Narrated by Dave
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Booklife Prize: This is a refreshing take on Salem that is rather evenly paced. Readers will find action and emotion throughout this dynamic and engaging read. Tituba's quest for revenge is compelling, and her narrative arc is well developed throughout the length of the novel. Readers will likely be pleased by Tamanini's treatment of her story. Samuel Parris is cruel and easy to root against, making for a more than valiant antagonist.
The most recent book about Tituba, one of the key participants in the Salem witch trials, is Dave Tamanini's historical fiction work, Tituba, The Intentional Witch of Salem. This beautifully-written book re-imagines Tituba's life, portraying this important figure of American history as a slave woman who can do magic, with a motive to exact revenge after the loss of her child.
The Salem Witch Museum, Salem, MA.
If you love historical fiction...
come revisit Salem's terror in this provocative new telling of enslaved Tituba, no longer a caricature, but a fully human woman taking on the patriarchy with magical powers.
Let Tituba cast its spell with a unique and tantalizing tale that explores the wild emotions driving accusations of witchcraft in 1692.
A Promise and a Hope
Enslaved Tituba has been faithful to a promise to her dying mama in Africa.
A Mother's Agony
When Tituba's only son dies trying to escape slavery, her life changes forever.
Witches Tear into Salem
The villagers see witches and demons everywhere. Their ministers say the Devil has sent them but they are wrong. It is Tituba using her magic.
A Woman's Dilemma
Neighbors accuse neighbors of witchcraft, and Tituba gloats in her power.
But when hangings begin, her conscience arises.
Can she confront her secret crime?
And when a chance for redemption presents itself, will she take it?
- Tituba The Intentional Witch of Salem WINNER in Historical Fiction - Event/Era at the 2020 International AAHGS Book Awards® (IABA) Program. AAHGS is the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society.
- Tituba named a Notable 100 indie novel of 2020, by Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine. (A 2015 Maggie Award WINNER for Best Digital-Only Magazine)
Biography and Author Comments
Dave lives in Pennsylvania. His life experiences, combined with a desire to entertain his readers, shape his writing. A former civil rights investigator, and then an attorney for 30 years, he learned a lot about human strength, frailty… and hypocrisy.
"Social issues and the ways we deal with them fascinate me. In Tituba I wove a historical/fantasy novel with real-life characters to focus on our common human nature, the abuse of power, and injustice. The real-life Tituba was a tragic figure, both accused and an accuser of witchcraft. An enslaved woman of color, Tituba is a metaphor for the dehumanization of people of color and the nameless, faceless people of the world."
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