Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, is a weekly meme that showcases upcoming book releases that readers are eagerly awaiting.
The Witches of New York
Publication Date: October 27, 2016
Extent: 320 pages
The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.
All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?
Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.
As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?
Why Am I Waiting?
Come on, it’s Ami McKay. Of course I’m waiting for her new book! She’s the creator of Dora Rare from The Birth House and Moth from The Virgin Cure. To date, she may have published only two books, but she has become a great Canadian author. And her books are always beautifully designed. They are a rare treat for any reader.
With The Witches of New York, I would love to see how Moth has adapted from a child prostitute to a woman who now calls herself a witch. How has she adjusted from her previous life?
Both of Ami’s books are rich in history and showcases strong women. Ami brings these quiet, yet profound, characters to the forefront, and she becomes a beacon for the unheard voice of women. I’m eager to read Moth’s new life in a world and a society where women have little say.