As is my usual October offering I wanted to share a story that tends toward the darker side as we enter the dark time of year. What is so magical about this novel though is that it is dark and full of light at the same time, a rare and wonderful gift from a story I'd say.
This novel has two titles it seems. For readers in the U.S it's Corrag: A Novel by Susan Fletcher and in Canada it is called Witch Light. This is a story about Corrag, set in 1692, who was raised by her wild mother and looses her at an early age to a witch hunt and how she makes her way. It is told from her memories (which are lyrical and epic but also simple and intimate) and for a second perspective a Jacobite interviews her in her cell where she awaits her execution for witchcraft.
This is a truly magical read but is very humanistic as well. The descriptions of Scotland and England transport you there. I tried to savor the story so I could stay there with the characters who are well rounded and empathetic but I could have read it quickly because you are compelled to learn more and hear the mystery of the Massacre at Glencoe.
Treat yourself to the journey of a young woman who lives a wild authentic life and sees with the perspective of one much older and wiser.