The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (Road to Nowhere #1) (Paperback)
Talk about she persisted?! Most post-apocalyptic books make me wonder why anyone would even try: mass death brings out the worst in us human types, so why not just end it as calmly and quietly as possible? But the Midwife makes me want to continue. My perception of reality is altered: Karen/Dusty/Jane is someone I wish I knew and she’s changed, in the most visceral ways, my ideas about survival in the face of ugliness. If most women were dead, how would men behave? How would women behave? Elison examines human behavior through the lens of multi-layered characters, even the ones you know for only a short time. Her insight into justice, sexuality, faith, and the drive to continue despite everything is sharp and illuminating. Absolutely cannot wait to read the next book!— Linda
Philip K. Dick Award Winner for Distinguished Science Fiction
When she fell asleep, the world was doomed. When she awoke, it was dead.
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant the midwife must pick her way through the bones of the world she once knew to find her place in this dangerous new one. Gone are the pillars of civilization. All that remains is power and the strong who possess it.
A few women like her survived, though they are scarce. Even fewer are safe from the clans of men, who, driven by fear, seek to control those remaining. To preserve her freedom, she dons men's clothing, goes by false names, and avoids as many people as possible. But as the world continues to grapple with its terrible circumstances, she ll discover a role greater than chasing a pale imitation of independence.
After all, if humanity is to be reborn, someone must be its guide.