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Hannah Levi is renowned throughout Venice for her gift at coaxing reluctant babies from their mothers— a gift aided by the secret " birthing spoons" she designed. But when a count implores her to attend to his wife, who has been laboring for days to give birth to their firstborn son, Hannah is torn. A Papal edict forbids Jews from rendering medical treatment to Christians, but the payment he offers is enough to ransom her beloved husband, Isaac, who has been captured at sea. Can Hannah refuse her duty to a suffering woman? Hannah' s choice entangles her in a treacherous family rivalry that endangers the baby and threatens her voyage to Malta, where Isaac, believing her dead in the plague, is preparing to buy his passage to a new life. Not since The Red Tent or People of the Book has a novel transported readers so intimately into the complex lives of women centuries ago or so richly into a story of intrigue that transcends the boundaries of history.
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Roberta Rich. (2012). The Midwife of Venice. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc.

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Roberta Rich. 2012. The Midwife of Venice. Recorded Books, Inc.

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Roberta Rich. The Midwife of Venice. Unabridged Recorded Books, Inc, 2012.

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      • content: It was hard being a woman, and even harder being a Jew, in sixteenth-century Venice. Antoinette LaVecchia's strong performance details the grim realities of ghetto life, childbirth, superstition, and the rampant religious persecution of the period. Hannah Levi, the best midwife in Venice, has invented "birthing spoons"--an early version of forceps--considered instruments of the devil by the Christian world. When a nobleman offers her an enormous amount of money to help his wife who is in the throes of a difficult labor, Hannah agrees, willing to violate a Papal edict so she can buy the freedom of her husband, Isaac, a slave in Malta. LaVecchia fully develops both Hannah's and Isaac's adventures, enhancing the melodramatic plot, which relies heavily on coincidence and happenstance. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine
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        In her U.S. debut, Rich successfully captures the seedy side of 16th-century Venice—the Jewish ghetto, the plague, the confluence of religious and legal authority—but stumbles with unevenly rendered main characters. Hannah, a midwife, and Isaac Levi are Venetian Jews. Isaac, a trader, is captured at sea and held for ransom in Malta by the Knights of St. John. Hannah is legally forbidden to treat Christians, but as a healer—and a woman suddenly in need of money—she cannot refuse the request of a high-born Venetian to help his wife give birth. Though she delivers the baby safely, the infant faces mortal danger and Hannah’s involvement deepens, leaving her susceptible to charges of murder and witchcraft. To evade authorities, she must rely on her estranged sister, a courtesan. Meanwhile, Isaac languishes on Malta. His kidnappers sell him as a slave to a nun, who in turn sells him to a brutish peasant. Using his wits to survive (selling his writing skills and helping woo a beautiful woman), he escapes captivity, but his and Hannah’s harrowing efforts to reunite are stymied at every turn. Both characters demonstrate intelligence, but only Isaac comes to full life: his thoughts, feelings, humor, and behavior leap off the page. Agent: Beverly Slopen, the Beverly Slopen Agency.

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