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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
Chris Bohjalian is an excellent writer who knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. The book is in the voice of the midwife's daughter as she looks back on her mother's... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Susan Bartkus
This was a book which made one aware and appreciate the midwifery profession. At this same time, it was another inditement of the overzealousness of government and it's pursuit of... Read morePublished 17 days ago by JP
As Student Midwife , I found this book beautiful written . I could NOT put this book down . This story is so heartbreaking , and make us questions out choices and ethics and a very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Zulgeil
I found this to be an OK vacation book, enjoyed the story, loved the ending. Would reccomend it as a light read.Published 1 month ago by Pam Persichilli
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. I'm glad I decided to read it and I would love to read more like it.Published 1 month ago by Lainy
This book started off slow, and took me a while to really get into it. About half way through it really started getting my attention!Published 1 month ago by Allison
Such an interesting book. No wonder it was Oprah's choice also !!! I love the way that he writes and for sure you want the book to go on and on...Published 1 month ago by Stephanie Laekas
I was surprised by the many negative reviews. The book wasn't War and Peace, but it wasn't 50 Shades of Gray, either. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arlene S. MacDonald
I love books that enlighten me! This one taught me about the role of midwives and about court room strategy.
A good read!