The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

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"In the aftermath of a plague that has decimated the world population, the unnamed midwife confronts a new reality in which there may be no place for her. Indeed, there may be no place for any woman except at the end of a chain." --Publisher description.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington : 47North, 2016.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781503939110
Characteristics: 291 pages ;,21 cm.


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Feb 07, 2018

I love post-apocalyptic fiction and was really excited to find one such novel with a bisexual heroine, but was deeply disappointed by this very mediocre book. The writing is neither great nor terrible, and the apocalypse (clearly written by someone that doesn't understand viral evolution) a little too indebted to other stories. But I could handle that. The problem is that the best post-apocalyptic fiction gives you both a sense of the world breaking down, and the work it takes to build it up, but this author really only cared about the despair side of things. She gave very gory details of the breakdown, but seemed to get bored and skip things whenever rebuilding took place, making the ending nonsensical and the book depressing in ways that didn't feel earned. Also the underlying ideas, which are important in speculative fiction, felt half-baked. This is a feminist novel in which relationships between women are always negative (usually because other women are too stupid to appreciate the nameless heroine), and a ostensibly left-wing novel that promotes some very right-wing ideas about a heroic lone wolf with a gun. But I never felt the author was exploring the interesting contradictions in her ideas; instead, it just felt like she hadn't thought things through, like a cynical teenager. It's an absorbing enough to read on a plane, but I can't recommend it.

Aug 23, 2017

While by no means the worst book I've read in 2017 - it was still really boring and unoriginal, it was almost a paint by numbers post apocalypse. If I hadn't read Station Eleven this year I would have labeled it the worst post-apoc story I had ever read. At least it wasn't poorly written, it was just so... meh.

Mar 31, 2017

This novel hit a home run for this old sailor touching on all of my very favorite genre's. I would describe it as feminist, dystopian, post-apocalyptic survival story with Mormons! The only thing missing were Scientologists and drug addiction or this would have been the perfect novel. I can only hope that when the Trumpocalypse occurs I have enough MRE's, swords, cardio, knives and literature to get me through, because Lord knows I have done my research and have a fairly good picture of what it's going to look like and who, what and where to avoid.

LPL_KateG Mar 15, 2017

WHOA! Going between starkly written journal entries from the "unnamed midwife" and 3rd person narrator who fills in some of the details, this book weaves a post-apocalyptic tale that had me turning pages late into the night. Follow this awesome character as she deals with being one of the few women left on earth, and see how she carries out her bold mission.
Heads up: graphic imagery (violence, etc.) and language

PimaLib_SierraG Jan 18, 2017

I highly recommend this book for fans of Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" or the 2006 movie "Children of Men". This story deals with the traumatic end of the world by plague scenario that many of us know, however, Elison's story focuses on certain women's issues that many of the end of days books overlook. Child-bearing has become nearly impossible and the descreased population of women who survived has factured society even further. Into this world walks the midwife, a cautious survivor who is going to use all her wits and training to try to provide what succor she can for those other women who have survived whether that means providing birth-control shots or shooting away men who won't take no for an answer.
Dark story that deals with possibly triggering situations but uses those darker elements for the purposes of bettery story-telling.

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Jun 30, 2017

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PimaLib_SierraG Jan 18, 2017

PimaLib_SierraG thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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