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Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
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Apr 01, 11

bookshelves: 2011-reads
Read from March 22 to 26, 2011 — I own a copy

This is my second Chris Bohjalian novel, (my first was Buffalo Soldier). I picked both up at a book sale at the American School in Warsaw recently. In doing a little background research, I saw that Bohjialian, whom I wasn't familiar with at all, was at Amherst College while I studied at Mount Holyoke.

Midwives, like Buffalo Soldier, was a fast, enjoyable read with likable characters. The setting, Vermont, is fairly familiar to me, so I enjoyed being back there while reading. I must say that the plot twists kept me surprised, which is always appreciated, and I liked the insights the book gave me into the likelihood of the divide between home-birthing midwives and the medical establishment. Bohjalian did a great job with the courtroom drama, too.

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