Midwives (Oprah's Book Club)
Midwives, Chris Bohjalian's fifth novel, is the story ofSibyl Danforth, alay midwife in rural Vermont, and her daughter, Connie. The nexus ofthis cautionary tale isan emergency Caesarean section Sibyl performs during a home birth thatgoes disastrouslywrong. Believing the mother is already dead from a stroke, Sibyloperates and later findsherself on trial for killing the woman. The compelling story of hertrial and its aftermathcomes to us from Connie, who believes "this is my story, too." In fact,Connie's reaction toher mother's ordeal is to go to medical school and become anobstetrician. The book raisesprovocative issues about medical ethics and the limits of risk. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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