Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Book talk

Last night my bookclub discussed the book Midwives by Chris Bojhalian. I guess I was expecting more from a book with the famous Oprah seal of approval but I found the characters lacking in depth. This book seemed to be trying to hard to be both a coming of age story and a gripping coutroom drama and fell short on both counts. Most of the other club members were equally underwhelmed, perhaps due to the fact that it paled in comparision to the previous club selection.

In December the bookclub read The Birth House by Ami McKay. I fell in love with this book first because of it's setting in my native province of Nova Scotia. I could not help but root for Dora Rare as she struggled to find her place in her small rural community. The story is peppered with folklore and weaves its way in and out of historic Nova Scotia and Boston in a wave that puts it on the top of my "must read" list.


  1. Hey, we did the Birth House for Book Club as well. Everyone really liked it. Before that, we did The Book of Negroes, and we all really liked that one too. Kind of cool with the Nova Scotia/midwife themes for both.


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