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Midwives
Midwives
Author: Chris Bohjalian
"Superbly crafted and astonishingly powerful. . . . It will thrill readers who cherish their worn copies of To Kill A Mockingbird." --People — 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 usher...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375706776
ISBN-10: 0375706771
Publication Date: 11/8/1998
Pages: 374
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 1142 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
The tale of a midwife put on trial when she loses a mother during child birth. It's told from the perspective of her daughter looking back (she was a teenager at the time) and from the diaries of the midwife.

It's intense and thought provoking. The author does an excellent job of presenting all sides of the ordeal. You see it from the perspective of the midwife, the daughter, the widower, the midwife's apprentice, the lawyers, the medical establishment, and the midwife community. You are kept in suspense until the very end. An excellent book!
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Helpful Score: 8
This book was very well-written and hard to put down. It did have the undesirable effect of really terrifying me about ever having kids (though I was afraid before I had even read this.)

Aside from the childbirthing aspect of this book, there is a very captivating coming-of-age story of a teenage girl, I agree with the description that it really compares to To Kill A Mockingbird.
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Helpful Score: 7
I was skeptical about this book at first, but ended up loving it. The birth stories were more meaningful after I had my daughter. I probably wouldn't read it while pregnant though.
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Helpful Score: 7
Very captivating tale. I din't think I'd be interested in all the childbirth descriptions, but the plot was so interesting, it really held my attention.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an awesome, suspensful novel about a midwife that is arrested and tried for possibly causing a woman's death while trying to deliver her baby. It is told from the point-of-view of the midwife's daughter, which gives the story an interesting drama because of the hidden facts that are not know to the daugther. The story details the experience of a rural family, an unusual profession, good intentions, grief, and the horror of your life being in the hands of a jury. A great read; I couldn't put it down.
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Another great book from one of my favorite authors. Midwifery has been something that fascinates me long before I read this book. The possibility of something going wrong is so overwhelming in such a delicate situation. This book captures the event as well as the process the people involved go through following this tragedy.
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Great story, well written
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Supenseful all the way to the last page! I recommend reading Midwives...

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