Midwives

Midwives

Book - 1998
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Connie recalls the events fourteen years before when her mother was put on trial after deciding to perform an emergency cesarean during an ice storm.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1998, c1997
ISBN: 9780679771463
0679771468
9780375706776
0375706771
9780609604977
060960497X
Characteristics: 374 p. --

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writermala
May 08, 2017

Sybil Danforth is a passionate midwife who is caught in a difficult situation. She makes a split second decision to try and save a cbaby when she believes the mother is dead. This leads to a criminal case. No matter which side of the midwife shelf - favouring home births or believing hospital births are the only way to go - you are bound to be gripped by this novel. Chris Bohjalian has captured the essence of this woman's story in a very sensitive way. The narrator is Sybil's teenage daughter and the author portrays her angst well. A must read.

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pharra
Mar 14, 2017

I am a huge Chris Bohjalian fan, but this is not his best book.
While I admire the research put into the subject matter, I found the pace a bit too slow. Interesting approach to have the story told from the point of view of the young daughter.

Three and a half stars.

CatherineG_1 Feb 10, 2016

Loved this story. Bohjalian captures the decision making of Sybil, an experienced midwife during a difficult delivery where she has to try and save mother and baby.
The story is told through the midwife and her daughter.

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Pisinga
Feb 10, 2016

A big plus for the author for his thorough study of the topic of midwifery and female reproductive anatomy. This book - it's like a long, never-ending, trial. Really irritating. Read only a portion of the beginning and the portion of the ending, and skip almost all of the middle.

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21221018293347
Jun 23, 2014

not a bad book. the story line was well thought out. I enjoyed the point of view of the daughter, with chapter notes by the mother. Clearly satisfying ending. the story moved along fairly well, with a few slow portions. would be better as a reader's digest condensed version. I like the author's style of writing.

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ANNE J. WRIGHT
Mar 28, 2014

I have had this title on hold for a long time -- but it is not moving. When I checked, I found that it is "LOST/DAMAGED". This title should be in the library because Bohjalian is a highly acclaimed writer of several novels and praised here by Publishers Weekly as writing "graceful and lucid, irony-laced prose."

Sent to ask a librarian
There are 3 holds (including mine) on this item, and the only copy in the catalogue shows LOST/DAMAGED.Is there anything to be done about this beside suggesting it for a purchase? -- which I have done -- but time goes on and nothing is happening. Thanks.

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happycanuck
Jun 04, 2012

writer's grammatical style was poor with run-on sentences that were hard to discifer -gave up after 20 pages.

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LASbookluvr
Feb 19, 2012

A very well written book. It started out a bit slow, but then I couldn't stop reading! The trial was interesting and the ending great.

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bicron101
Aug 04, 2011

I discovered this book by accident while searching for something else. I read it out of boredom and was more then pleasantly surprised. This book drew me in at the beginning and held my attention until the end.

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toepix
Dec 14, 2009

Very enjoyable and easy to read book. Kept me interested the entire novel however, some part were slower than others. Loved the ending!

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