I reread this book, wondering how it would hold up after 30+ years. I found it to be sometimes hilarious, wonderful satire, totally enjoyable. But it also misogynistic and racist, in a way that is not at all acceptable now. At first, I thought it was all part of his satire, but the more I read and the more often he made sweeping generalizations using the N-word, the less comfortable I was with it. I guess this was okay in the early 70's, but it isn't today.
I haven't loved Patchett in the past, but I did like this book a lot. Interesting characters, a little too fantastic to be real, but still interesting.
I stumbled upon this book when I was researching and preparing for a trip to Appalachia. Wanting to learn about the culture and the people, I punched in the keyword "Appalachia" and checked out everything that looked interesting.
I really enjoyed this book. Usually, I have only a little time each day to curl up with a book, but I found myself making more time for this one. I loved reading about the people and their lives during the Great Depression, and I loved the midwifery. It was a bit unrealistic in some ways -- people didn't always behave believably -- and the ending was disappointingly unlikely. It just tied things up too neatly. But I find this is often true with new or lesser authors: they write a good story, but don't know how to resolve it well.
Still, an enjoyable read, especially if you like reading about midwifery, Appalachia, the Depression.
I picked up this book because I'd read about it in the New York Times Book Review. I enjoy learning a bit about history through memoirs or accounts such as this. Recently, I've read several books about the Great Depression and WWII eras, and this added to my fund of knowledge. Also gave me a lot of information about rowing, and a greater appreciation of the sport.
I enjoyed listening to this book, which was read by the author. At times I was surprised by her psychological naivete, but overall I found it an interesting read. It made me think about my own relationships with my mother and daughters, and there is some comfort in finding that others have similar concerns.