The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman audiobook

The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife

By Patricia Harman
Read by Anne Wittman

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062198891

The Hope River Series: Book 1

12.08 Hours 1
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A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River, first-time novelist Patricia Harmon transports us to poverty stricken Appalachia during the Great Depression years of the 1930s and introduces us to a truly unforgettable heroine. Patience Murphy, a midwife struggling against disease, poverty, and prejudice—and her own haunting past—is a strong and endearing character that fans of the books of Ami McKay and Diane Chamberlain will take into their hearts, as she courageously attempts to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world.

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Summary

Summary

A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River, first-time novelist Patricia Harmon transports us to poverty stricken Appalachia during the Great Depression years of the 1930s and introduces us to a truly unforgettable heroine. Patience Murphy, a midwife struggling against disease, poverty, and prejudice—and her own haunting past—is a strong and endearing character that fans of the books of Ami McKay and Diane Chamberlain will take into their hearts, as she courageously attempts to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I learned, I laughed, I cried, but most of all I was deeply impressed by the artistry of the midwife and her central role in women’s lives prior to the advent of commercialized, institutionalized medicine. This novel will live in my heart for years to come.” Amy Hill Hearth, New York Times bestselling author
“A luminous novel of new beginnings, loss, love…and yes, hope! Patricia Harman’s all-too-human stories of birth mingle with the harsh realities of rural life in the 1930s…A thoroughly satisfying read by a talented storyteller.” Gay Courter, New York Times bestselling author of The Midwife
“Well-written and heartfelt.” Boston Globe
“[A] frank, absorbing memoir from a midwife at a tiny West Virginia health clinic.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Harman, a certified nurse-midwife who has practiced in many rural communities, clearly has a comprehensive understanding of midwifery…The stories of the births that Patience handles in this difficult era are fascinating.” Publishers Weekly
“Takes readers back to hardscrabble times and adds plenty of medical drama and a dash of romance.” Library Journal
“Memoirist Harman, herself a certified nurse-midwife, takes readers back to hardscrabble times and adds plenty of medical drama and a dash of romance, to offer an uncommonly good piece of American historical fiction.” Library Journal
“Harman, herself a midwife, transports the reader to another time and place in this quiet story of a white woman who fights to usher life into an impoverished, prejudiced world…The author’s love for the profession shines through in this testament to the power of women. A first novel well worth attention.” Booklist
“Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale.” Kirkus Reviews
“Will definitely renew your faith in love, loyalty, forgiveness, understanding, and just plain hope.” Fran Lewis, author of My Name Is Bertha
“As always when writing of birth, the bleakest of times can be transformed by the power and beauty of birth…The moments of joy between new parents and their baby, between the mothers and the midwife, and between the midwife and her young assistant, light up the pages. Amen baby!” Penny Armstrong, CNM, author of A Midwife’s Story
The Midwife of Hope River…is still on my mind days after finishing. From start to satisfying conclusion, it is a beautifully imagined novel, a marvel of a debut, rich with fully realized characters and events. This is one I’ll read again, more slowly next time.” Johanna Moran, author of The Wives of Henry Oades

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Author

Author Bio: Patricia Harman

Author Bio: Patricia Harman

Patricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and a novel, The Midwife of Hope River, which was published to critical acclaim.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English