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by Ami McKay

  • Author: Ami McKay
  • ISBN: 0007232829
  • ISBN13: 978-0007232826
  • ePub: 1840 kb | FB2: 1960 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Literary
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (August 1, 2006)
  • Pages: 400
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 393
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The Birth House ePub download

AMI McKAY is the author of three internationally bestselling novels-The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York, as well as the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night.

AMI McKAY is the author of three internationally bestselling novels-The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York, as well as the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night. Her latest book, a memoir: Daughter of Family G, had its beginnings in a radio documentary she wrote and produced tracing her decision to undergo genetic testing

My house became the birth house. That’s what the women came to call it, knocking on the door, ripe with child, water breaking on the porch. First-time mothers full of questions, young girls in trouble and seasoned women with a brood already at home.

My house became the birth house. I called those babies toesies, because they were more than their mamas could count on their fingers. They all came to the house, wailing and keening their babies into the world. I wiped their feverish necks with cool, moist cloths, spooned porridge and hot tea into their tired bodies, talked them back from outside of themselves.

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. Dora becomes Miss . s apprentice, and together they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labours, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family. 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 remedies.

The Birth House is the story of Dora Rare, the first daughter to be born in five generations of the Rare family. 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 labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives.

Ketch came to the house. Seeing her at my door made me catch my breath. More than three months after Wrennie’s birth, had she come to say she wanted the baby, to raise her as her own?

Ketch came to the house. Seeing her at my door made me catch my breath the means (and I’m certain she’s never had two nickels to rub), her husband has the Devil in him. No doubt he beats them all, right down to the littlest on. he was standing on the porch, her face showing what was left of Mr. Ketch’s latest outburst, one eye drooping, swollen red ears, her nose bent to one side. She bore all the trademarks of a rum-induced left hook.

Ami McKay began her writing career as a freelancer for CBC Radio. The Birth House" is McKay's first published effort and reached the number-1 spot on Canadian best sellers listsFactdate February 2007. Her next novel, "The Virgin Cure", is due for publication Fall 2009

Ami McKay began her writing career as a freelancer for CBC Radio. Her documentary, "Daughter of Family G" won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards. Her next novel, "The Virgin Cure", is due for publication Fall 2009. Her first script for the stage,"Jerome: The Historical Spectacle" was commissioned by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company and will be staged at The Ross Creek.

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Ami McKay (born 1968) is a Canadian novelist, playwright and journalist. McKay was born in rural Indiana, but now lives with her husband and two sons on the Bay of Fundy. She began her writing career as a freelancer for CBC Radio. Her documentary, Daughter of Family G won an Excellence in Journalism Medallion at the 2003 Atlantic Journalism Awards.

The Birth House: A Novel (. The Birth House (Paperback or Softback). McKay, Ami. Published by Harper Perennial 10/9/2007 (2007). ISBN 10: 0061135879 ISBN 13: 9780061135873.

HappyLove
This sophisticated prose should be read by all women, young women and men. The history of women's rights, being an equal member of society and in control of your own destiny. I would recommend this for every high school freshman english as a must for young ladies.
More important now than ever. Education is the way to woman's future. Moms, ask your teen to read this exceptionally well researched fiction. Ask and answer their questions. We as women control the future of our daughters. Please donate a copy to the high school of your choice.
To aim mckay, Well done. I can't wait to read the virgin cure. 10 stars
Jieylau
The Birth House chronicles the early life of Dora Rare, the first daughter born into the Rare family in several generations. Dora and her family life a hardscrabble life in Scots Bay, and at some point she goes to live with an elderly midwife/healer, Ms. B.

Dora marries and lives on Spider Hill in a house provided by her mother-in-law. Alas, she doesn’t have a “happily ever after” life with the uncouth and philandering Archer. Nor does she endear herself to the new doctor in town, an obstetrician bent on using modern medical techniques in childbirth. Because of certain circumstances, Dora leaves Scots Bay in fear for her life and hides in Boston with one of her brothers and his friends.

The author includes a quote by George Sand that somewhat sums up the courage and new way of thinking shown by Dora. “I ask the support of no one, neither to kill someone for me, gather a bouquet, correct a proof, nor go with me to the theatre. I go there on my own, as a man, by choice and when I want flowers, I go on foot, by myself to the Alps.”

I enjoyed the novel and wish it hadn’t ended so abruptly. Reading it has given me e a different look at midwifery and sisterhood. Women of all ages, social classes, eras have more in common than not.
Dalarin
There was a point in history when men decided what was appropriate for their women, up to and including the delivery of their children. This is the story of Dora Rare, the only female born in generations of Rare males. Dora is considered a weird twist of fate from her birth. And when she learns the art of birthing from an old woman who is the midwife for her cliff top community, she is considered no less weird. A mixture of folk doctor, medicine woman and soothsayer, Miss B practices medicine with experience and an uncanny understanding of women. Dora, hoping to find acceptance with her family and community, marries well. Reluctantly, she carries on Miss B's practices. The result leaves her faced with the fury of a patient's unhinged husband and a "modern" Dr. who thinks of morning sickness as hysteria, while failing to respond to life threatening circumstances. Though she experiences some nasty realities along the way, Dora's story is one of maturation and unfolding purpose.
Sharpmane
I gave it 4 stars simply because reading this on my phone for the Kindle app wasn't exactly the greatest thing, plus there were a few spelling errors that I noticed. Overall, this is a very interesting book. I liked it simply because it shows what starting happening in the early 1900's and how midwives started to become phased out by doctors and hospitals. It also shows how back in those days, medicine wasn't advanced and many OB doctors starting out had no real idea as to what a normal birth really was.

I liked how the author really drew the readers into the novel. It became more than just words on a page. You actually felt like you were there in the story, living just as Dora Rare and feeling every single thing she felt. You felt her pain, you felt her love and you felt her strength. But, overall, for me, the main character did seem a bit flat and dull to me at times. Several other characters were pretty one dimensional, the doctor being one of them. He was strictly the bad guy, never a single good quality about it. He seemed dull and lifeless sort of speak. He's focused on trying to gather up as many pregnant women as possible and trying to make a quick buck by having their husbands pressure the young ladies into going to the hospital to deliver.

A lot of it sounds like historical fiction than anything for me. She didn't go into too much detail about "modern" medicine that was available back then, and just mentioned one scene in which she somewhat described what a laboring woman was going through. I was more curious about what exactly were the practices back then for OB doctors and while I had a question or two somewhat answered, we never really see much else beyond the battle between midwives and the doctors.

Overall, for it being debut novel, it was decent. I wish the author had fleshed the characters out more, double checking to make sure that they were just the normal, flat and dull one dimensional characters and making extra sure to flesh out the plot and make it something that readers won't forget. But, overall the story was enjoyable for me and did make me curious about how things changed from back then to nowadays where midwives are treated like they are. It's an engaging read and it is worth your money if you are interested in these kinds of topics.
I love Mercedes
This was an exceptional book -the subject matter, plot and characterization were so well-researched and developed that you could really feel that you were there. The story was so interesting that I had a hard time putting it down after the 1st chapter or two. Toward the end, i found myself cheering for Dora and her friends and hoping all would work out well for them. I'd recommend it for anyone who enjoys a great story, particularly one about women empowering themselves against great odds.
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