The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard

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On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

Revised edition: This edition of The Midwife's Revolt includes editorial revisions.


About Jodi Daynard

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Ms. Daynard is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, The Boston Globe, The New England Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have appeared as Notable Mentions in Best American Essays. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and Emerson College.
Published April 7, 2015 by Lake Union Publishing. 427 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive, and Lizzie emerges as a dynamic heroine who pushes against the boundaries of her time.

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