We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

From the archives. I’m celebrating 5 years of blogging this summer! I was still figuring out how to blog about books when I wrote this review of We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni. I’m reblogging it because I thought the book was excellent. I knew very little about the Spiritualism movement (communicating with the dead) and all the historical figures who believed in the Fox sisters. Take a look – it’s a great middle school read but totally great for all readers!

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wehearWe Hear the Dead
Dianne K. Salerni

Genre: Historical fiction


This is a very readable and interesting recounting of Maggie, Kate and Leah Fox, three sisters who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead.

I had never heard of the Fox sisters and their influence on American thinking in the 1850s. I did not know that the Fox sisters were responsible for launching the popular Spiritualism movement.

I thought Dianne Salerni did a great job showing how many people during that time period longed to reach out to their departed loved ones and how many influential members of the community believed in or supported the Fox sisters, including Amy and Isaac Post, who were part of the Underground Railroad, and President Franklin Pierce’s wife, who was desperate to communicate with their lost son. Salerni also gives the reader a good look at life in the mid…

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5 thoughts on “We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni

  1. Congratulations on five years of blogging, Barbara! This book sounds like an interesting read. I’m curious, have you kept count of the number of books you’ve reviewed? Enjoy your Sunday!

  2. This book sounds very interesting! If it’s a re-blog perhaps I read the original, but it’s good to have a refresher. Congrats on 5 years. How did that happen?!? How time flies!

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