Title: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian Edition:Vintage Edition
My Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Goodreads 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.
I walked passed this book many times in my local bookstore, feeling intrigued to pick it up and give it a flip. I was so glad that I did, because this book was simply irresistible. I’m a sucker for court cases and case studies. Chris, the author has conducted an extensive research to write Midwives. You can see that from the every single details from the book.
I have 2 favorite parts of this story. First, the Midwives’ daughter Connie’s take on the whole dilemma. It reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. I love how this book was mainly told from her P.O.V. The agony that she went through while the entire family was going through the sickening ordeal was so relatable to me. It’s exciting to see how much knowledge she has on Midwifery.
Second, the court scenes. The defending, the prosecuting and the adrenaline rush which kept me awake at night.
Midwives is truly an underrated book, I am so glad I’ve had an opportunity to read this beautiful book. Also, I’m humbled that I had the opportunity to exchange few words about this book with the author, Chris! *fangirl* Quick, grab Midwives and feel the roller coaster of emotions for yourself and share your thoughts with me!
Have you read Midwives by Chris Bohjalian? What do you think?