Praise for THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE:
“In her U.S. debut [THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE], Rich successfully captures the seedy side of 16th-century Venice—the Jewish ghetto, the plague, the confluence of religious and legal authority…Isaac comes to full life: his thoughts, feelings, humor, and behavior leap off the page.”
“A lavishly detailed historical novel.”
“A lively tale involving love, blackmail, family, murder, plague, intercultural compassion, dramatic last-minute rescues and some very creative disguises…. Rich capably depicts the strength of women and the precariousness of their lives, regardless of status or religion.”
—The Globe and Mail
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. THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE (Gallery Books; February 14, 2012; $15.00) by Roberta Rich unveils the dilemma that unfolds when a count implores Hannah 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.
Author Roberta Rich expressed excitement over the Valentine’s Day release: “At the risk of gushing, to be published in the U.S. is overwhelmingly wonderful. May The Midwife do as well in America as it has in Canada,” she said.
Readers will devour Roberta Rich’s THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE and stay closely alongside Hannah Levi to see her very future unfold.
ABOUT ROBERTA RICH:
Roberta Rich was born in Buffalo, New York, and now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Colima, Mexico. THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE is her first novel. Roberta welcomes visitors to her website at www.robertarich.com.
THE MIDWIFE OF VENICE
By Roberta Rich
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 14, 2012