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The Orphan Mother
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South"--has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambiti ...more
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Once again, Robert Hicks mixes fact with fiction and takes us back to Franklin, Tennessee, the Carnton estate and The Widow of the South, Carrie McGavock, but this time, it's not her story.
It's July 2, 1867 and the bloody Civil War is over......but definitely not the fight. One minute midwife (and former slave) Mariah Reddick is saving a newborn's life, and the next we're at a rally; there's a mob, chaos, brutal beatin...more
Beautifully written historical fiction story set in the post-Civil-war era in Franklin, Tennessee. Focusing primarily on Mariah Reddick, former slave of Carrie McGavock, her son, Theopolis, and George Tole, the story is about loss, love, racism, and change. How the loss of one life affects more than the one person, and the changes that brings about both internally and externally. While the Prologue begins with the year 1912, the story really begins many years prior to that in 1867, with ...more
This is an interesting and well written account of one woman's mission to find justice for the murder of her only son.
I hadn't read Robert Hick's previous novel The Widow of the South which featured the character of Mariah Reddick and was afraid I would be at a disadvantage but happy to report this can be read as a stand alone novel.
In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South"--has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwi ...more
Having not read The Widow of the South, I was concerned that I may have difficulty following along with The Orphan Mother. Thankfully, it is easily read as a stand-alone novel and I'm now inspired to read The Widow of the South.
Mariah Reddick is the former slave to Carrie McGavock. Since becoming a free woman, she has established herself as a competent and respected midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. Her grown son, Theopol ...more
Theo is the son of town midwife and freed slave Mariah Reddick. Mariah grew up as slave/companion to Carrie McGavock. Mariah has a reputation a ...more
And yet, the sorrow, the chaos of the times, which was so often vicious and not always at the same time visible? There is something here in post war Franklin that seems not of the 1860's or 1870's or even of the 40 or 50 years beyond.
The year is 1867. The war is over and the South is having to adjust, including Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South". Mariah is a free woman now. She is dependent on no one and has her own home and a thriving Midwife business. She tells herself that she built the town of Franklin, Tennessee by delivering all of those lives into the world
Her only child, Theopolis, has made a name f ...more
July 2, 1867. The story is told by two narrators, ...more
The writing is gorgeous, and the themes are juxtaposed so cleverly – a main character midwife associated with birth and mothering mirrored by events associated with death; hope interwoven with despair; love interwoven with hate.
While the story was fascinating and the ...more
Hicks begins the book brilliantly in 1912 with some exceedingly good news for freed slave,90-year-old Mariah Reddick, a midwife. He then jumps back to 1867 for ...more
I just couldn't care that much about the characters. Mariah Reddick, former slave of Carrie McGavock, loses her son in a horrible murder, but she remains entirely too stoic. I understand that it's part of her persona ...more
We are taken into the lives of Mariah, a freed slave, whom is now a midwife. Tole, a black man whom fought in the war and carries the burden of the death of his wife and son, the men he's killed on the battle field and his alcoholism. Mariah brings life into the world (black and whit ...more
The first of the three books, The Widow of the South, tells the story of Carrie McGavock, mistress of the Carnton Plantation house and the property on which she personally cared for and preserved the graves of some 1,500 casualties (from both armies) of the nearby battle. Mc ...more
Slowly from here, we are told of her story as I unfolded during the years after the ...more
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