'Midwives' is the book club selection this month
If you're a fast reader you still have time to check out the book club selection.
The Ellis Memorial Library Book Club discussion group will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The club, open to the public, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the library, 710 W. Ave A.
The book to be discussed is "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian.
Stop by the circulation desk at the library to request a copy. A synopsis of the book follows.
On an icy winter night of 1981 in the rustic community of Reddington, Vt., seasoned midwife Sibyl Danforth is forced to make a life-or-death decision that will change her world forever. Trapped by the weather in an isolated farmhouse, cut off from the hospital or even the emergency squad, she takes desperate measures to save the life of a baby, performing a cesarean section on a woman she believes has died of a stroke during a long and painful labor. But what if the woman was still alive during the surgery? What if Sibyl herself inadvertently killed her? The hairraising story of Charlotte Bedford's death and of the subsequent trial of Sibyl Danforth is hauntingly told by Sibyl's 14-year-old daughter Connie, now an obstetrician. She is remembering, and it is through her intelligent and watchful eyes that we witness the tragic effects of Charlotte's death and Sibyl's trial. And as Sibyl faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of the medical establishment, and the nagging accusations of her own conscience, we are compelled to confront questions of human responsibility that are fundamental to our society. As with all of the very best novels, "Midwives" provides no easy answers; rather, it consistently engages, moves, and challenges our ways of thinking.
For more information, call the Ellis Memorial Library, 749-4116.