• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 28, 2012)
Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need—and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust—but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.
Honest, moving, and beautifully detailed, Patricia Harman’s The Midwife of Hope River rings with authenticity as Patience faces nearly insurmountable difficulties. From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Ku Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light and life into an otherwise hard world.
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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 lives near Morgantown, West Virginia; has three sons; and is the author of two acclaimed memoirs. This is her first novel.
Patricia Harman will be on a physical tour for her book. Here’s the schedule so you can see if she’ll be visiting your area!
Patricia’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, August 28th: Conceptual Reception
Wednesday, August 29th: A Patchwork of Books
Thursday, August 30th: Talk Birth
Monday, September 3rd: Mama Birth
Tuesday, September 4th: Little Bit of Wonderful
Wednesday, September 5th: Stand and Deliver
Thursday, September 6th: Shall Write
Monday, September 10th: Enjoy Birth
Wednesday, September 12th: Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Monday, September 17th: Between the Covers
Tuesday, September 18th: Bellies and Babies
Thursday, September 20th: Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, September 20th: so much shouting, so much laughter