Midwives: A Novel
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"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird." --People
With 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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stariel Massachusetts (US)
irishajo Indiana (US)
Casperette Minnesota (US)
bookworm1954 Missouri (US/Canada)
cadelagarza Texas (US)
Amaranta20 Washington (Int)
Tammychi Hawaii (Int)
Vespa England (Int)
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent this book to stariel in Massachusetts. I hope you enjoy it!
It is very different from most books I have read, but had enough of a crime/mystery/suspense to keep me interested.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to next bookray participant!
Edited to say it is in the mail as of 11/3/04. Sorry for the delay!
I thought it was interesting learning about birth and midwives. One minor problem I had was that I thought the 13 year old girl and her 15 year old boyfriend sounded like adults and not the ages they were. The phrasing was wrong. But that was a small thing. What stopped me from reading further was the simile "gaining momentum like an obese teenager on skis." That really pissed me off. It's so unnecessary and cruel. Yeah, yay for her for having creative similes, but screw her for being a bitch about them. There's already too much of a concept in this world that fat people don't have worth and don't deserve to wear cute clothes and are free to be mocked. It is so ridiculous and sad that a woman like Oprah, who featured this book in her bookclub, a woman who has accomplished so much and gone so far and has a loving partner, she still feels she has no worth unless she is skinny. That's not about whether it is healthier to be fat or thin. That's a wrongheadedness in our society that I refuse to support. And for this author to make fun of a fat teenager, an especially vulnerable person, really makes me hate her as an author. I refuse to read another word. I know it won't affect her in the long run, except maybe by the lack of one sale if I had read the book and liked it. But for my own self, I choose to boycott her.
I'll be sending this along to the next person on the list.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Conctacted Vespa for her mailing address and she has asked to be skipped. Will be PMing the ray owner to ask what she would like me to do with the book.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Will be releasing at this evening's BX gathering.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Passed on to a very pregnant Jaime (during our Honolulu BookCrossing 'Ohana's April get-together)who has previously read Midwives, but found it to be so interesting that she wanted to give it a second read. Sadly, today was also Aluwan's last meetup.
<== Aluwan & Tammy
Book was released on the magazine rack in the beauty salon.
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Update: March 11, 2007 - When I went to release Flying in Place, today, I discovered that Midwives was still around. I was very disappointed to say the least since it has been a whole week since I left there. The yellow sticky label was no loger attached and it looked as it had picked up a few times. I hand-wrote a small note and taped to the cover in hopes that it would encourage a customer to take it home.
Can someone please explain to me what is so intimidating about a FREE book?!
CAUGHT IN KAPOLEI HI USA
Just a quick note to let you know that the Lifetime network will have a showing of the movie Midwives based on our book tomorrow Sunday, May 20th.
Here's some info about it:
▪ Lifetime TV Schedule
May 20, 2007
Sunday 10:00 am Midwives
One stormy night, something goes wrong while Sibyl, a well-respected midwife, is helping Charlotte deliver her second child, and Charlotte dies. Sybil performs an emergency cesarean section and saves the baby, but information later comes to light that the mother may have been alive when Sibyl operated. Sibyl's life is turned upside down when she is charged with manslaughter.
Starring: Terry Kinney, Piper Laurie, Alison Pill, Sissy Spacek [CC]