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Did she perform at least eight or nine cycles as my mother said, or four or five as Asa recalled? That is the sort of detail that was disputable. But at some point within minutes of what my mother believed had been a stroke, after my mother concluded the cardiopulmonary resuscitation had failed to generate a pulse or a breath, she screamed for Asa and Anne to find her the sharpest knife in the house.In Midwives, Chris Bohjalian chronicles the events leading up to the trial of Sibyl Danforth, a respected midwife in the small Vermont town of Reddington, on charges of manslaughter. It quickly becomes evident, however, that Sibyl is not the only one on trial--the prosecuting attorney and the state's medical community are all anxious to use this tragedy as ammunition against midwifery in general; this particular midwife, after all, an ex-hippie who still evokes the best of the flower-power generation, is something of an anachronism in 1981. Through it all, Sibyl, her husband, Rand, and their teenage daughter, Connie, attempt to keep their family intact, but the stress of the trial--and Sibyl's growing closeness to her lawyer--puts pressure on both marriage and family. Bohjalian takes readers through the intricacies of childbirth and the law, and by the end of Sibyl Danforth's trial, it's difficult to decide which was more harrowing--the tragic delivery or its legal aftermath.
Narrated by a now adult Connie, Midwives moves back and forth in time, fitting vital pieces of information about what happened that night like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle into its complicated plot. As Connie looks back on her mother's trial, she is still trying to understand what happened--not on the night of the disaster--but in the months and years that followed. --Margaret Prior
This wasn't a particularly challenging read, but in finishing the book I felt satisfied... more knowledgeable, closer to the characters and emotionally tuned to this very clever story line.
I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about delivering a baby plus it was a interesting story.Published 4 days ago by Lois McNaught
The book was touching and moving, although required to read for school I did enjoy it and will definitely recommend for othersPublished 4 days ago by fillay
How to say it? "One of the best of the best?" Not even close. "Best I have read in a month of Sundays?" Off by a mile. Read morePublished 6 days ago by R. R. Goodwin
I enjoyed the characters depth and the plot. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. Interesting!Published 8 days ago by Barbara L. Goralski
Well, it's been likened to To Kill A Mockingbird but I don't think anything will ever come close to that. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Frank Acierno
Interesting concept, but as an Advanced Practice labor and delivery nurse, I found the book disturbing. The ending was unrealistic. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kindle Cuddler
Good read, I learned a lot, but did not end well, as in the writing. A little slow in parts.Published 1 month ago by Linda E. Young