The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing. Dora becomes Miss B.’s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. Filled with details as compelling as they are surprising, The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine. – Publishers Website
I really enjoyed this book. With the strong women, the harshness of Atlantic Canada while it was growing and finding it true name for itself. In the background, the explosion of Halifax, the intertwining lives of all in a small town, their dreams, their fears, trying to live their lives they way they choose while attempting to getting used to more modern times.
This happens to be a contender in the latest Canada Reads 2011. The debates started this morning, and by the sounds and looks of it, the gloves are off, they are all passionately defending their own picks while one book was voted off today. If you haven’t already heard, go to the CBC Canada Reads Website and find out which one. I really did love this book, but it isn’t the one I am rooting for, although it is a close second.
Debbie Travis is defending this particular book, she is doing a fabulous job of it!
If you missed today’s live debate, you can watch it here