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Midwives - A Novel

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 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, 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

"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 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, 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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"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 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, 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Burton

Length:

4h 38m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:38


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:43


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:50


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:02


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:09


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:06


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:42


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:49


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:07


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:36


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:04


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:34


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:28


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:27


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:31


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:53


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:27


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

02:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:16


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:44


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:24


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:08


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:17