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These books are chock-a-block with period detail: you can see and especially smell the places that Hannah and Isaac visit. One learns a good deal about Jewish traditions of the time as well.  Drama is also a key part of these books. As Jews, Isaac and Hannah are suspicious-seeming outsiders wherever they go.  Hannah is especially in danger because she is an occasional midwife to the ruling classes, who are known to be fickle and vengeful should a birth go wrong. I find these books hard to put down, and they go by faster than I would like, they're so readable. Definitely good as a beach read, or any lazy afternoon.

The Midwife of Venice tells the story of Hannah Levi, a Jewish midwife living in the Venetian ghetto in the 16th Century. It weaves in the wisdom of midwives working in poor communities and terrible circumstances, conflict between Christians and Jews in Venice, the story of her husband who has been taken to Malta as a slave, family scheming, and the outbreak of the plague in Venice.

The Midwife of Venice tells the story of Hannah Levi, a Jewish midwife living in the Venetian ghetto in the 16th Century. It weaves in the wisdom of midwives working in poor communities and terrible circumstances, conflict between Christians and Jews in Venice, the story of her husband who has been taken to Malta as a slave, family scheming, and the outbreak of the plague in Venice.

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These books are chock-a-block with period detail: you can see and especially smell the places that Hannah and Isaac visit. One learns a good deal about Jewish traditions of the time as well.  Drama is also a key part of these books. As Jews, Isaac and Hannah are suspicious-seeming outsiders wherever they go.  Hannah is especially in danger because she is an occasional midwife to the ruling classes, who are known to be fickle and vengeful should a birth go wrong. I find these books hard to put down, and they go by faster than I would like, they're so readable. Definitely good as a beach read, or any lazy afternoon.




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