It is March, 1649. A court in Botolph sentences a woman to hang for supposedly trafficking with the devil. The old governor of Sagadac does everything he can to stop an outbreak of hysteria as a wave of accusations of witchcraft sweeps over the colony.
The story is based on an isolated case of alleged witchcraft that took place in Massachusetts in the middle of the 17th century.
“Pilhannaw” is an old native word for a bird of prey like an eagle.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have hoped since I was in the 8th grade that fiction writing would be at the center of my life. I served as a Lao linguist in the American army, stationed for a year and a half in Thailand, during the start of the war in Vietnam. When I left the army, I took a job at a bank across the street from a large, liberal university. Fiction writing was still at the center of my ambitions. Anti-war protests were just starting. Confused beyond words, I decided that the only way I could understand what was going on around me was to examine American history from the time when Europeans arrived in what we now call the northeastern United States. After five years of research and writing, I came up with what I considered a presentable novel. “The Pilhannaw” is my first long work of fiction.