My Notorious Life: A Novel

by Kate Manning | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1451698062 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingjlautnerwing of Henderson, Nevada USA on 6/20/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingjlautnerwing from Henderson, Nevada USA on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Arrived some time in the last ten days or so, when I was out of town.

Journal Entry 2 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Friday, June 30, 2017
The book is fiction but is based in part on the life of a real midwife, who experienced some of the same things. Some of the characters are historical figures.

Axie is sent to an orphanage with her two siblings when her mother becomes very sick, and eventually the three land on an orphan train. The three end up in different homes, and Axie, the oldest, vows to find her brother and sister.

In the meantime she works in the house of a midwife, and becomes her assistant. She seems to have a gift for the work and continues it as an adult. She does more than help deliver babies, however. She compounds pills to help various "female troubles", including the trouble of being pregnant. Sales of the medicines are successful, and he life becomes easier. At least financially.

However, a physician, who wants all mothers to see a doctor for deliveries, goes on the attack and Axie (then calling herself by her middle name, Annie) is hauled to court. It won't be the last time.

Annie has the character to go against convention in her efforts to ease women's pains. She stands up for her own rights and for those of others. She never fully leaves behind her coarse beginnings, so we are treated to her outbursts and lack of gentlewomanly manners.

The book seems accurate in its description of the times. I am guessing that a midwife during those times might need the strength of character to do what needs to be done (as she would now, too). Descriptions of pregnancy complications include enough details to be believable, and the acknowledgements indicate that Manning had medical help in this area.

Journal Entry 3 by wingjlautnerwing at San Luis Obispo, California USA on Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Added to General Lit VBB.

Journal Entry 4 by wingjlautnerwing at Henderson, Nevada USA on Saturday, April 06, 2019

Released 8 mos ago (4/5/2019 UTC) at Henderson, Nevada USA

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Journal Entry 5 by wingSpatialwing at Moneta, Virginia USA on Thursday, April 11, 2019
Thank you for offering this book to the Gen/Lit VBB and sending to me, jlautner! It sounds like it will be an interesting book!

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