- Paperback: 190 pages
- Publisher: Sybaritic Press (June 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495116360
- ISBN-13: 978-1495116360
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 536 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of the Unnamed Midwife Paperback – June 5, 2014
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About the Author
Meg Elison lives in the Bay Area and is currently at work on a sequel to "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife."
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Elison imagined a world ravaged by pandemic that nearly obliterated females and children and then told her story from the point of view of a surviving woman. Fascinating, absolutely terrifying and honest - much of the story is told as journal entries and that really helped me connect to the heroine. A previous reviewer described Elsion's story as "gripping" and I can't come up with a better word to describe "The Book of the Unnamed Midwife." It's been days since I finished the story, and I still find myself thinking about the characters! Pick up this book, it is definitely a terrific read! - Laura
I am an RN and the medical aspects are spot on and real. Not once did I think to myself, "Yeah, there is no way that went down like that." This author is smart and so is her character. I love how she alters her title to PA or field medic or OB-GYN when she wants to pass as male. It's actually quite sad that this IS so very realistic of people's beliefs and personal gender bias.
I actually listened to most of this book during my commute and I have to say that the Audible version is excellent. It is narrated by Angela Dawe and she does an amazing job. Her voices are very good and she does this book justice.
There are many comparisons to Margaret Atwood in the reviews and that is a fair statement. I read this immediately after I finished "Oryx and Crake" and a couple of years after "The Handmaid's Tale". There are similarities and they are awesome, but this is my favorite.
I originally bought the Kindle version with the narration but then I bought the actual book for my shelf because it is so good. I never do that. I also pre-ordered the sequel and am anxiously awaiting its release.
I had such a guttural response while reading. Not a glossed over "romance" where our heroine meets a handsome alpha male. If anything, she does her best to stay away from men knowing that the truth of her gender will be found out. The author does a phenomenal job is describing the midwife's despair and hopelessness. She latches on to one goal or a way to help with the new reality by stocking up on birth control and giving any women in her path the option to live. She doesn't actively seek to find women but if she finds any she is bravely compelled to try to help them.
Most of her writings she is so very alone and lonely. We see the destruction, pain and unraveling of her through her writings. She meets up with some good people that she spends some time. She describes herself as sexually fluid - loving a person regardless of their gender and found herself attracted to men and women. However, this is not a romance nor did she have a romance but more was trying to kill the ache of loneliness inside her. Most people she came across were monsters. Men chaining women using them as slaves. Men fighting and killing each other over women or anything else. A small number of women found power through obtaining harems of men. The people adapted to the new reality but most adapted in a violent and awful way. Interestingly, I would consider this a pro woman or feminism read. Our heroine is strong and capable doing whatever it takes to survive. She wants to save her surviving sisters if possible. Women and babies are the only hope for a future.
I came across this book by accident and read it in one sitting. It was that compelling and that great. I would highly recommend it and can't wait for book 2.