Midwives (novel)

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First edition cover
Author Chris Bohjalian
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Harmony Books
Publication date
April 1997
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 312 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN 0-517-70396-3 (hardback edition)
OCLC 34839705
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3552.O495 M5 1997

Midwives: A Novel is a novel by Chris Bohjalian, and was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in October 1998.

Plot summary[edit]

On an icy winter night in an isolated house in rural Vermont, a seasoned midwife named Sibyl Danforth takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She performs an emergency cesarean section on a mother she believes has died of a stroke. But what if Sibyl's patient wasn't dead—and Sibyl inadvertently killed her? Midwives tells the story of Sibyl Danforth from the point of view of her young daughter.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations[edit]

A TV version was made in 2001, adapted from this novel. It stars Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and directed by Glenn Jordan.