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The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife
by Patricia Harman

Published: 2012-08-28
Paperback : 400 pages
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A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River, first-time novelist Patricia Harmon transports us to poverty stricken Appalachia during the Great Depression years of the 1930s ...
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A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River, first-time novelist Patricia Harmon transports us to poverty stricken Appalachia during the Great Depression years of the 1930s and introduces us to a truly unforgettable heroine. Patience Murphy, a midwife struggling against disease, poverty, and prejudice—and her own haunting past—is a strong and endearing character that fans of the books of Ami McKay and Diane Chamberlain will take into their hearts, as she courageously attempts to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world.

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  "The midwife of hope river"by zoeypage12 (see profile) 02/17/17

Great read. The author has an excellent use of descriptions and feelings

 
  "The Midwife of Hope River"by cimlibrarian (see profile) 03/21/15

An riveting read that non of the book club members could put down, One can perspective of the life of the midwife in the 1930's in rural West Virginia plus the joys and hardships the rest of... (read more)

 
  "The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife"by JoStARs (see profile) 07/14/14

The Midwife of Hope River left me with mixed feelings. I was fascinated with the birthing stories, Patience’s life as a midwife during the Depression, the union theme, and the evolving interracial relationships.... (read more)

 
  "The Midwife of Hope River"by tenladiesluv2read (see profile) 07/09/13

Very interesting story of the lives of coal mining families in WV. Some of the conditions still exist there. Evolution of the role of midwifery in depressed areas. Payment made by bartering. MD's... (read more)

 
  "Life around the Great Depression in Appalachia, especially that of a midwife"by tenladiesmonday (see profile) 07/09/13

This book raises many issues, midwifery in the 1920's, labor unions, racism. It is easy reading and hooks you immediately.

 
  "the midwife of hope river"by bhale (see profile) 03/13/13

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