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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857899511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857899514
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

The Midwife of Hope River is a rich and deeply moving book that will pleasantly linger in your thoughts long after you've finished reading it. Patricia Harman has created such a striking and original heroine that pregnant women everywhere will be wanting Patience Murphy to deliver their babies. --Theresa Brown, author of Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything in Between, and New York Times Opinion Columnist

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, author of Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society: A Novel

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Patricia Harman, CNM, is a regular presenter at national midwifery conferences. Harman got her start as a lay-midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the '60s and '70s, going on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives and works near Morgantown, West Virginia, and has three sons. A debut novelist, she has published two acclaimed memoirs.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rabid Reader on 5 Mar 2013
Patience Murphy, a midwife in Union County in West Virginia in the late 1920s, has a vital role to play in her community but owing to her past, she pretty much keeps herself to herself and doesn't connect with anyone beyond the professional level. Written in the first person narrative, in a conversational style (journal entries mostly), Patience often alludes to her life being a difficult one and to having to keep a low profile. Over the course of the book (covering roughly a year from autumn 1929 to autumn 1930), the reader learns more and more about past events and the shadows these have cast into Patience's life, and why she is the way she is.

The more fascinating passages to me, however, were the descriptions of the economic climate of the time, the rising tension, anxiety and desperation among people, the racist attitudes but also the way neighbours and community members looked out for one another and lent a helping hand where they could. This is the sort of historical fiction that makes history come alive for me.

I also happen to be a huge fan of the midwifery profession, having delivered two babies with the professional, competent and caring support of midwives, a doctor standing by merely as a formality. I loved reading the various birthing stories, good and bad, though sometimes the acute physical pain experienced by the fictional characters was so vividly described that I found myself breathing and panting through it as instructed by the midwife. Vicarious labour pains I'd rather not experience again. Thankfully, I haven't suffered the loss of any babies, born or unborn, or else this would have been a brutal book to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Voracious for Books VINE VOICE on 29 Jan 2013
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Some authors have the knack of transporting you out of your hum-drum existence and of to places you've never before visited and people outside your experience. Ms Harmon effortlessly does this. Prepare to be transported to the depression and meet the townspeople in Hope River in the Appalachian mountains. Patience is a rarity, a woman who looks beyond the colour of a person's skin, making a living as a midwife and keeping her secrets close to her chest. Patience becomes part of the community without meaning to and makes her mark on the town and the people in it.

This book is faultless and fascinating. The characters were well develped reading this book was like stepping into the past. I didn't want it to end. I can imagine from the blurb on the back of the book, that the author has had an amazing life and would be a seriously interesting person to talk to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 23 Oct 2014
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I have to say, this book has a terrible title and one of the worst covers I've ever seen, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's the (fictional) story of Patience Murphy, a woman who comes to rural West Virginia at the start of the Great Depression to work as a midwife. As we will learn over the course of the book, she is running from problems in her own life. The book is about her work as a midwife and the way that she integrates herself into the local community. Racial tensions and the impact of the depression are explored and you get a feel for life in that part of America at that time. The author - herself a retired midwife - gives a compelling portrayal of Patience's work and the babies that she delivers.

I would never have picked up this book if it hadn't been for reviews on Amazon, but it grabbed me from the first page and I really enjoyed reading it. I do think it was fractionally too long and that there were parts when Patience felt more like a modern day character than a woman living at that time, but overall I found it immensely readable from beginning to end. There is a tag on the front cover of the edition that I read which says "if you like The Help, you'll love this". They are quite different books and set in different times and places, but yes it has a similar relentless readability that at the same time teaches you about a way of life that has changed significantly.

There is a sequel of sorts in the works (centering on one of the lesser characters, Becky) due for release in 2015, and I look forward to reading that and hopefully also finding out more about what becomes of Patience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Loro on 16 May 2013
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If you are expecting a "Meet the Midwife" type account of familiar down to earth types, this is not for you.

Instead, we get the story of a white woman living and working as a midwife in a black community during the time of Jim Crow segregation in the USA. It's hard enough for a British reader to truly appreciate the disgraceful social situation back then and this book, although confronting it, does not really bring it to life.

The story, sadly, tends to the TV movie, complete with familiar themes of redemption, religion and romance. All very nice at 3pm on cable TV but it sells the reality short.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BusyReader VINE VOICE on 13 Feb 2013
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What a brilliant book ! I have loved and enjoyed the Call the Midwife series on TV and was intrigued to read this novel which is based on fact - as the author is a Community Midwife of long experience , in the USA .

Each chapter details the life of Patience , as she calls herself , and details deliveries in the Community of Hope River, both to the affluent and the poor Black communities in the locality, in the 1950's.
Patience is befriended by the local Vet and they share times together , Patience assisting in some animal deliveries and being able to adapt her skills to help out. It gives insight into the Klu Klux Klan influences , although not a much as I expected given the précis on the fly leaf .
It kept me interested and amused at times and was an easy to read semi-memoire.
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