it's summer break! our students have a 1,000 page challenge, and my family is joining the fun.
this book is compelling, touching, and hilarious. it takes place in 1950s london when a young nurse joins a group of midwives. she hadn't known they were nuns, and has a really memorable introduction. a nonagenarian greets her, and together they happily eat a cake, the nun speaking in grandiose and obscure ways about astronomy, religion, and classic myths mixed together. soon the cake is gone. other nuns return and are surprised and dismayed to find the treat eaten. the nurse is abashed, and considers running out the door, but stays.
what follows are the author's adventures in helping families before, during, and after childbirth. although chapters have names like rickets and eclampsia, the stories are clear and very interesting (educational, too).
note that the book is for adults, including a prostitute's struggle to have her baby, when being pregnant is not allowed in her profession. in other chapters, the book's earthy humor may have tears of laughter flowing.
there are three books in all, and a pbs series.
joy to you.