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McKAY, Ami. The Birth House. A novel. (Toronto): Alfred A. Knopf Canada, (2006). Later printing. Pp. (6),[vii]-x,-387,(3). 8vo, maroon cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "'The Birth House' is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of Rares. As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, she is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing and a kitchen filled with herbs and folk rememdies. During the turbulent first years of World War I, Dora becomes the midwife's apprentice. Together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies andeven unfulfilling sex lives. When Gilbert Thomas, a brash medical doctor, comes to Scots Bay with promises of fast, painless childbirth, many in the community begin to question Miss Babineau's methods. After the death of Miss Babineau, Dora is left to carry on alone. In the face of fierce opposition, she must summon all her strength and fight to protect the birthing traditions and women's wisdom that have been passed down to her. Filled with details that are as compelling as they are surprising -- childbirth in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, the prescribing of vibratory treaments to cure hysteria and a mysterious elixir called Beaver Brew -- 'The Birth House' is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in theworld of modern medicine." - from the dustjacket. Name inked to flyleaf, e lse very good in unclipped dustjacket. Signed without inscription by McKay on the title page. 35.00
Title: Birth House. Later Canadian Printing, signed in dustjacket.
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Toronto, 2006, ISBN:0676977723:
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