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Midwives - Chris Bohjalian
Midwives
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"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird." --PeopleWith a suspense, lyricism, and moral complexity that recall To Kill a Mockingbird and Presumed Innocent, this compulsively readable novel explores what... show more
"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird." --PeopleWith a suspense, lyricism, and moral complexity that recall To Kill a Mockingbird and Presumed Innocent, this compulsively readable novel explores what happens when a woman who has devoted herself to ushering life into the world finds herself charged with responsibility in a patient's tragic death.The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?As recounted by Sibyl's precocious fourteen-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives--and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty. As Sibyl Danforth faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375706776 (0375706771)
ASIN: 375706771
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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lizamichelle1
lizamichelle1 rated it
1.0 Midwives - Not What I Was Expecting
I struggled through this book. It just wouldn't keep my attention. I found myself skimming all the filler and background information, to read only those passages that had to do with the birth/death and case. I've read some other reviews; one person compared it to To Kill A Mockingbird. I can see...
The Book-Addled Brain
The Book-Addled Brain rated it
4.0
Midwives - Chris Bohjalian The blurb on the cover warned me that I would stay up late at night until the last page was turned and that was certainly true. The courtroom drama and powerful storytelling had me in its grasp until the very end. I loved it.
MzVanessa
MzVanessa rated it
I absolutely loved this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I cried at times, and held my breath at others. The trial kept me on the edge of my seat until the end, never giving a hint to which way the trial would go.The characters were so well written that there were times I would forget that t...
misfitgeek
misfitgeek rated it
This was a really good book. I wondered why it was written in the view of Connie but that was explained at the end. I like that each chapter started with an entry from Sibyl's journal so we could get to know her a bit also and see how she viewed the events.
Book Love
Book Love rated it
2.0 Midwives
This book was just a very disturbing story for me and one I will be thinking about for a while, just hope I don't have dreams about it.
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