A number one New York Times
Bestseller, a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and a contemporary classic, Midwives
is a compulsively readable novel that 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?
As recounted by Sibyl's precocious fourteen-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt. 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.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
Coming of age
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