Chris Bohjalian is on a roll and shows no sign of slowing down. He’ll be at the National Writers Series on April 29th with a riveting historical thriller, Hour of the Witch. While movie fans are streaming The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco on HBO Max, based on Bohjalian’s 2018 book, theater-goers are raving about the stage adaptation of Midwives, his 1997 book that introduced Bohjalian to legions of fans. In March 2020, he published the eerily timely, plagued-filled thriller, The Red Lotus.
Set in 17th century New England on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials, Hour of the Witch (which comes out on May 4th, a week after our event – meaning attendees get an exclusive preview of the book), is the twisting story of a young Puritan wife, Mary Deerfield, who petitions for divorce from her abusive husband — only to end up on trial for witchcraft. The book is inspired by the first divorce in North America for domestic violence. As a harsh winter descends and mass hysteria sweeps the New England coastline, Mary must race against the clock to convince a suspicious town ruled by the Puritanical fist of the Church to save her from her husband, or, more pressingly, the noose.