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The Midwife of Hope River

Patricia Harman

Fiction

On Sale Date: 8/28/2012
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
Print Run: 75K
Format: PB
Pages: 400
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 62198890
ISBN 13: 9780062198891
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Ebook 9780062198907

As a midwife working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience Murphy’s only solace is her gift: the chance to escort mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Just beginning, she takes on the jobs no one else wants: those most in need—and least likely to pay. Patience is willing to do what it takes to fulfill her mentor’s wishes, but starting a midwife practice means gaining trust, and Patience’s secrets are too fragile to let anyone in.  A stirring piece of Americana, The Midwife of Hope River beats with authenticity as Patience faces seemingly insurmountable conditions: disease, poverty, and prejudices threaten at every turn. From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Klu Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world.