"It is very dark when I wake."
This is the first line in Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper based on a true account of a girl in 1650 who was hanged, declared dead, and miraculously was discovered to be alive while on the disection table!
While lying, unable to move, and thinking herself to be in purgatory awaiting the fires of hell, Anne Green recounts the events that led to her hanging. Hers is a tale of class distinctions and misplaced trust leading her to a place of no options and no escape.
A parallel story is also told from the perspective of a medical student who is about to witness his first disection. Before the knife is drawn he sees Anne Greens eyelids flutter. Does he say something and risk ridicule from his collegues?
A copy of the actual pamphlet printed in 1650 is included lending the book historical accuracy. I found this book to be interesting mainly because of the question the author found herself asking after she read the original account. I wanted to know the same thing.
What was Anne Green thinking while she was dead?
What would you be thinking?