Title Profile & Character Information

Midwives

Annotation
A contemporary classic that has sold more than two million copies and was a selection of Oprah's original Book Club, Midwives is a compulsively readable novel that explores questions of human responsibility that are as fundamental to our society now as they were when the book was first published twenty years ago.

On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of stroke. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't already dead? The ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, forcing Sibyl to face the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience. Exploring the complex and emotional decisions surrounding childbirth, Midwives engages, moves, and transfixes us as only the very best novels ever do.


Author Notes
  Chris Bohjalian is the author of seven novels, including Trans-Sister Radio, The Law of Similars, Water Witches, and Past the Bleachers. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.
Characters
NameDanforth, Connie
GenderFemale
OccupationsMidwife
 Obstetrician/Gynecologist

GenreLegal
    --Courtroom
Domestic
Coming of age
Fiction
TopicsMothers and daughters
First loves
Midwifery
Childbirth
Accidental deaths
Medical ethics
Murder trials
SettingVermont