When I found out that Katherine Howe’s new book Conversion alludes to or is a loose retelling of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, I was sold. The Crucible has a special place in my heart not only because I loved it so much when I read it a few years ago but because I saw the opera version of it on my first date with my boyfriend (my roommate at the time was performing in the opera too, which made it extra special!).
Conversion is set in a high school in Danvers, Massachusetts where some senior girls have suddenly fallen ill. No one knows what is happening and some even suspect that the girls are faking it. But then one girl, who is reading The Crucible for extra credit starts putting the pieces together…
I am always curious to read retellings and adaptations because I’m always interested to see how the author spins the story in a new way and whether he or she can keep the essence of the source material. That curiosity paired with my love for The Crucible puts Conversion right at the top of my to-be-read list! If this book is anywhere as suspenseful and interesting as The Crucible I think it will be a great read. I can’t wait to see what it’s all about!
Have you read The Crucible? Will you be checking out Conversion?