Katie’s Choice Book Club to discuss ‘Midwives’ March 19, 22

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The Katie’s Choice Book Club selection for March is Midwives by Chris Bohjalian.

Hosted by Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries and Katie’s Cup coffeebar, the book discussion will be at Katie’s Cup at 7 p.m., Monday, March 19. The discussion will be offered again at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 22, at the coffeebar, 502 Seventh St., Rockford.

The book club is open to all interested people, free of charge. No pre-registration is required.

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife in the rural community of Reddington, Vt., for 15 years. But one treacherous winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby’s life. She performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have died in labor. But what if — as Sibyl’s assistant later charges — the patient wasn’t already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her? As recounted by Sibyl’s precocious 14-year-old daughter, Connie, the ensuing trial bears the earmarks of a witch hunt, except for the fact that all its participants are acting from the highest motives — and the defendant increasingly appears to be guilty.

As Sibyl faces the antagonism of the law, the hostility of traditional doctors, and the accusations of her own conscience, Midwives engages, moves and transfixes us.

For more details, call Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at (815) 962-4279 or e-mail RALMmail@aol.com.

Posted March 14, 2012

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