Midwives

Midwives

Book - 1998
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A contemporary classic that has sold more than two million copies and was a selection of Oprah's original Book Club, Midwives is a compulsively readable novel that explores questions of human responsibility that are as fundamental to our society now as they were when the book was first published twenty years ago. 
 
On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of stroke. But what if—as Sibyl's assistant later charges—the patient wasn't already dead?   The ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, forcing Sibyl to face the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience. Exploring the complex and emotional decisions surrounding childbirth, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.
The questions, discussion topics, author biography, and suggestions for further reading that follow are designed to enhance your group's reading of Chris Bohjalian's Midwives .  We hope they will give you a number of new angles from which to consider this enthralling and provocative novel, a gripping combination of courtroom thriller, domestic drama, and novel of ideas that adds up to a lyrical and suspenseful work of art.

Baker & Taylor
In the winter of 1981, trapped by unpassable roads, midwife Sibyl Danforth makes a life-altering decision when she performs an emergency cesarean section on a woman she fears has died of a stroke

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1997
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375706776
0375706771
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOHJALIAN
Characteristics: 374 p. ; 21 cm

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mellyrose89
Oct 10, 2012

Overall I didn't mind this book. At times it was a bit everywhere, and at first I didn't understand why it was written through the eyes of her daughter, but later on it made sense. I got addicted after a while.

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kstiles
Sep 07, 2011

This book was definitely a pleasant surprise. It was hard to put down at times and I loved the ending.

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