If you liked “Call the Midwife,” you might enjoy…


I devoured this novel a few weeks ago, in that great gulping way where you’re enjoying a book so much that you look forward to getting back home so you can get back to it and then realize that you have to slow down or it’s going to be over too soon. It has many of the pleasures of Jennifer Worth’s memoir Call the Midwife, but it’s a thoroughly American story, taking place in Depression-era Appalachia, and the midwife, Patience Murphy, is apprentice-trained with a mysterious past. If you don’t like progressive tellings of American history, you might not like this one, but if you have a soft spot for the labor movement and, well, labor–you’ll love it, as I did.

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  • http://jesstock.com jess

    thanks for the recommendation! I just requested it from our library.

  • http://neffreview.blogspot.com LaVonne Neff

    Looks good – thanks! I just put it on hold at the library. I also have ‘The Midwife’s Tale’ by Sam Thomas on hold (I don’t think the library even has it yet, but it’s been ordered) – it’s also a historical novel, but from the English civil war period. And have you read ‘Midwives’ by Chris Bohjalian? Or, for some fascinating historical nonfiction, ‘A Midwife’s Tale’ by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, based on a diary from the American revolutionary war period.

  • Tracey

    I’ll have to look it up. Have you read “The Blue Cotton Gown: A Midwife’s Memoir” by Patricia Harman? Good stuff.

    • Tracey

      Okay, so I just realized that the book you recommended and I one I mentioned is by the same author!!! Now, I’m buying it asap.