Rivka Galchen’s Historical Novel Satirizes Moral Panic

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By Sarah Hagi

EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR MOTHER IS A WITCH
By Rivka Galchen

Witch hunts have made a comeback in recent years. Or at least, politicians’ use of the phrase “witch hunt” has. Tweeted 84 times by former President Trump during the Mueller investigation alone, the term has by now been stripped of any real meaning, having more to do with delegitimizing accusations than with actually investigating the occult. Between that and Etsy merchandise bearing phrases like WE ARE THE GRANDDAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHES YOU COULD NOT BURN, it seems everyone nowadays can relate to those accused of witchcraft.

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