May 14th, 2012 by Annie
Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
|Midwivesby Chris Bohjalian
Connie Danforth, an obstetrician, recalls in 1981 as a teen, the events leading up to and surrounding the involuntary manslaughter trial of her mother, Sibyl.
Sibyl a respected midwife in rural Reddington, Vermont, expects a routine delivery for her patient Charlotte Bedford. But, as Charlotte’s condition begins to deteriorate, so does the weather. With no way to transport Charlotte to a hospital, Sibyl makes a difficult choice.
Connie’s perspective of the gripping courtroom drama and the pivotal role she plays in this drama will keep you in suspense and guessing until the final pages. Was justice served in the end?
Book Club Party Ideas for Midwives
The setting is 1981 Vermont and the story centers around a midwife accused of involuntary manslaughter, so much of the action takes place in the courtroom.
Book Club Menu for Midwives
I prepared a Vermont-style menu for this book club by including recipes made with fresh apples, berries, walnuts, Vermont cheese and maple syrup.
The next 2 recipes are adapted from Little B Cook Chronicles from a Vermont Foodie
Book Club Resources for Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Ratings at the time this post was published
|Goodreads: 3.82 stars (32437 ratings)|
|Amazon: 4.0 stars (568 ratings)|
|LibraryThing: 3.78 stars (1067 ratings)|
|My Rating: 4.5 stars Midwives is a gripping page turner, filled with surprises.|
- How do you feel about midwifery? Do you feel it is safe?
- What do you feel were Anne Austin’s motives in contacting Dr. Hewitt?
- What did you make of the relationship between Sibyl and Stephen? Was it purely professional?
- Connie did something during the trial when she went to collect her mother’s diaries. Did she make the right choice?
- What did you think about the mothers nursing their babies in the courtroom? Would it make you uncomfortable to be around a woman nursing in a public place? Why or why not?
- Discuss the motivations behind Connie’s decision to become an obstetrician.
- How did you react to Sibyl’s final diary entry?
Purchase Midwives at your favorite bookseller
|Chris Bohjalian has authored fifteen books. Chris won the New England Book Award in 2002, and his novel, Midwives, was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah’s Book Club, a Publishers Weekly “Best Book,” and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick. Three of his novels, “Secrets of Eden,” “Midwives,” and “Past the Bleachers” have been adapted to movies. Chris graduated from Amherst College, and lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. (Adapted from the Chris Bohjalian website)|
Other Works by Chris Bohjalian
Visit chrisbohjalian.com/books for more novels by Chris Bohjalian.
Personal Insights, Favorite Quotes, etc…
“Then there were those girls who became midwives: girls who could not get enough of the tiniest of babies – girls who would grow into women who absolutely reveled in the magnificent process of birth…The difference between a woman who becomes an OB and the women who becomes a midwife has less to do with education, philosophy or upbringing than with the depth of her appreciation for the miracle of labor and for life in its moment of emergence.”
“No one said living isn’t a pretty chancy business, Sibyl. No one gets out of here alive.”
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