On the chilly winter night of March 15, 1981, not even the most experienced driver was able to go onto the roads, and in a small house near the Vermont/Canadian border, something terrible was about to happen. Charlotte and Asa Bedford were going to have their second child that night, as home, with midwive Sibyl Danforth and her assistana Anne Austin. When Sibyl finally concludes that Chrolette has died from a stroke during her labor, she screams for Asa and Anne to bring her "the sharpest knife in the house." Remarkably enuogh, the baby lives through the emergency C-section performed by Sibyl, who has had no medical training. It wasn't until after the baby had been delivered and everyone in their own homes, that the question started to arise...was Charolette really dead when Sibyl performed the operation? The story is told my Sibyl's now grown daughter Connie, who was only 13 when her mother was tried for the murder of Charolette Bedford. Chris Bohjalian brings any reader of "Midwives: A Novel" into the story and makes them feel like they're living the life of one of the characters. Although not appropriate for all readers, this suspenseful novel will keep anyone who decides to read the book, up late at night until the last page of the book is read. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a dedicated reader and is 14 or older. Even thugh the point of some things is hard to understand, "Midwives" takes the reader into a place where they feel like they were actually in the room when the C-section was performed, and also in the courtroom when Sibyl was tried. As you read the book, you learn tom grow with the characters as they go through what it's like to experience the aftermath and process of life and death.