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ISBN13: 9780375706776
ISBN10: 0375706771
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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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"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful....It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird." People

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"Astonishing...will keep readers up late at night until the last page is turned." Washington Post Book World

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"The courtroom settings provide...ample suspense, but Bohjalian is equally adept at rendering...quieter, individual drama ... A writer of unusual heart." Boston Globe

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"A treasure .... It is a rare pleasure when a finely written novel also grips us with sheer storytelling power." Portland Oregonian

About the Author

Chris Bohjalian is the author of four previous novels, including Water Witches and Past the Bleachers, which became a Hallmark Hall of Fame film. He is a contributor to numerous publications, including Reader's Digest, Boston Sunday Globe Magazine, and Burlington Free Press, for which he has been a columnist since 1992. He lives in Lincoln, Vermont, with his wife, photographer Victoria Bluer, and their daughter, Grace.

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Melinda Ott, September 19, 2013 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
4.0 Stars

I actually first read this book over a decade ago when Oprah Winfrey chose it for her book club. All I really remembered of it was that it was set in Vermont, a midwife is on trial because a mother died, it is told from the daughter's point of view, and that it was a solid book that pretty much left me after I had turned the last page. Obviously, I was going to need to re-read it for my book club.

Because so much has happened in my life since I first read this book (moved to the east coast, moved back to the west coast, went through 3 jobs, got married, had 2 kids), I think my experiences enhanced what I read in this book. Unlike my first reading, this time the book stayed with me after I finished it--and it is still with me.

There is no argument that Bohjalian is a skilled writer--his prose is deep, but still readable. I enjoyed how he structured the book, with the main narration coming from Sibyl's daughter, but each chapter being prefaced with Sibyl's own words. The last half of the book mostly takes place in the courtroom and, as a reader, I felt as if I was a member of the jury.

I did not especially like Sibyl, but I understood her. I understood what drove her to midwifery and what led her to the fateful decision that landed her in a manslaughter trial. Sibyl's daughter, Connie, is exactly what I would picture a girl of her age who finds herself in her position would be. I do wish, however, that Sibyl's husband, Rand, was fleshed out a bit more.

I will say that I have questions about this book. Are non-certified midwives really as self-trained as Sibyl was? Does the medical community really have it out for midwives? Did Sibyl really do the best that she could? I'm looking forward to my book club discussion on this book because there will be at least one doctor with us.

All in all, this was a great book for me to re-read and I think it will be an excellent selection for our book club.
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Liz Childers, February 27, 2013 (view all comments by Liz Childers)
A page turner that forces you to choose sides regarding the practice of midwifery. Also, when things go bad, they go really bad. This is a story of a tragic event during a home delivery and the resulting emotions, reactions, and legal proceedings that evolve from it.
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Melissa-Mpls, August 29, 2009 (view all comments by Melissa-Mpls)
I was wary of reading this. I have pretty strong feelings about home births and thought that my opinions might overshadow the story for me. Not the case. No matter your feelings on the subject, Bohjalian has created characters that are likeable but flawed, and a story that pulls you right in.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375706776
Author:
Bohjalian, Chris
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Bohjalian, Chris A.
Author:
Chris Bohjalian
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Midwifery
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Vermont
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Medical novels
Subject:
Vermont Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.01x5.22x.87 in. .70 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375706776 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful....It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird."
"Review" by , "Astonishing...will keep readers up late at night until the last page is turned."
"Review" by , "The courtroom settings provide...ample suspense, but Bohjalian is equally adept at rendering...quieter, individual drama ... A writer of unusual heart."
"Review" by , "A treasure .... It is a rare pleasure when a finely written novel also grips us with sheer storytelling power."
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