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The Birth House

DJ Kirkby is my pen name under which I have published several short stories. I am a registered midwife who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 40. I tend to write novels in clusters and I have recently finished writing my first fiction novel as well as my memoir about growing up as a wild hippie child in Canada. I have also published many academic articles under my real life name. I am currently writing 2 novels, a cookbook and a compiling a collection of my poems and short stories.
I post 3 times a week on my Chez Aspie blog: http://djkirkby.blogspot.com/

Birthhouse My book of choice for this entry is ‘The Birth House’ by Ami McKay. Born the only daughter amongst 6 sons, the only girl for 5 generations of her family; Dora Rare is special. She spends her childhood helping with the household chores until a tragedy forces her to seek work outside of the home. Much to her delight she is invited to assist the local midwife with birthing babies and she sees a whole new world unfurl before her. Dora quickly begins to develop the necessary skills to become a competent practitioner of midwifery, trained by the best their small town has to offer and the townswomen begin to request Dora’s attendance at their labours. Soon after this a gynecologist named Gilbert Thomas moves to their area and tries to systematically destroy all that Dora has accomplished. Her nemesis, Gilbert Thomas, introduces Dora to the first prototype of a vibrator. He prescribes it as an aid to what he terms her ‘hysteria’ over him taking her livelihood away from her. This book is often harrowing but has some extremely amusing, albeit slightly off the wall, elements to it along with a surprise every few pages, allowing the author to capture both heart and mind of the reader.

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Another one to add to my wishlist! Thanks deej :)


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