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The Midwife's Tale book.
The Acknowledgements section demonstrates that Gretchen Moran Laskas, an eighth generation .
She is careful to note that many of the herbal remedies are now considered dangerous and to offer more modern references. I recommend the book as an interesting and worthwhile read. The Midwife's Tale was much better reading the first part of the story and then wandered off to supernatural events towards the end of the book which seemed kind of odd. Overall, the writing is fairly good and the author knows how to turn a phrase.
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About The Midwife’s Tale. I come from a long line of midwives, narrates Elizabeth Whitely
About The Midwife’s Tale. I come from a long line of midwives, narrates Elizabeth Whitely. I was expected to follow Mama, follow Granny, follow Great-granny. About Gretchen Moran Laskas. Gretchen Moran Laskas is an eighth-generation West Virginian. She now lives in Virginia with her husband and son.
Author of the novels, THE MIDWIFE'S TALE and THE MINER'S DAUGHTER. I've been married to Karl Laskas, since 1990.
Novelist · 1992 to present. Author of THE MIDWIFE'S TALE (2003) and THE MINER'S DAUGHTER (2007). University of Pittsburgh. Author of the novels, THE MIDWIFE'S TALE and THE MINER'S DAUGHTER. After 20 years in Virginia, we have finally made possible a lifelong dream to live overseas, and are now living and working in Ireland. We have two children, a college age son, and a preschooler daughter, both of whom keep our lives busy and interesting.
Family saga and first novel by Laskas (stories: Fifty Acres and a Poodle, 2000) about the travails of three generations of backwoods women who serve as midwives. The Whitely women have been midwives for as long as any of their West Virginia neighbors can remember. We enter their world through the eyes of Elizabeth Whitely, a teenager in the years just before WWI and somewhat reluctantly learning the trade from her mother. Elizabeth is a bit delicate for the grueling work of midwifery-and horrified at its seamier aspects, like the mercy killings that are sometimes asked for.
A Midwife's Tale" is a solid, intelligent book, the compelling story of Elizabeth Whitely .
A Midwife's Tale" is a solid, intelligent book, the compelling story of Elizabeth Whitely, last in a long line of midwives who have served the women and children of a remote West Virginia valley for generations. It begins prior to World War I when Elizabeth, training under her mother, discovers the brutal dark side of midwifery. It is the first of the harsh realities of life she will face. It is rare to find a novel that is has such a strong voice, is evocative, literary and still good old fashioned story telling, but Laskas has written one. And a fine novel this is down to the happy ending, one of the hardest things to carry off. I stayed up till 2AM to finish this book, and cried at the end.
I come from a long line of midwives, narrates Elizabeth Whitely.
Books By This Author. Gretchen Moran Laskas. Fiction, Virginia, Infertility, female, Mothers and daughters, Midwives.
Author: Gretchen Moran Laskas
Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Delta (March 2, 2004)
Pages: 258 pages
ePUB size: 1822 kb
FB2 size: 1970 kb
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