Chris Bohjalian – Midwives

Midwives“You can’t spend your entire life avoiding chance. It’s out there, it’s inescapable, it’s a part of the soul of the world. There are no sure things in this universe, and it’s absolutely ridiculous to try and live like there are.”

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I started this book at Shabarbush when the cover & synopsis caught my eye. The book is written from the perspective of the 14-year-old, Connie, who recounts what happens to her mom & her life during the entire trial. In the beginning of each chapter, there is also parts from a journal that Sibyl keeps where she writes down details about the case & everything that was happening. The book starts slow but halfway through it becomes better. The main topic in the book is home birth vs hospital birth which are both discussed during the trials. It’s a nice read.

Rating: 💎💎💎.5

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