Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Midwife of Hope River A Novel of an American Midwife By Patricia Harman

I liked this story but it reminded me of another midwife book I read awhile ago, The Birth House.  I guess the stories of midwives in history are going to be similar.
This book tells the story of Patience Murphy, which we find out is not her name.  She stumbles into learning to be a midwife when she goes to Mrs. Kelly's looking for work as a wet nurse.  The story switches back and forth throughout Patience's life. I like how the author wove history into this story like the troubles in the lives of workers in mines and factories.  She also brought prejudice both against blacks and women to the forefront.  You see Murphy and the others in business, like the veterinarian down the road,  struggling to make a living during the depression.  I hope this author writes another book.

Description from the publisher: Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need—and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust—but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.

Read an excerpt here.

Pages: 382

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