The Doula

The Doula

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by Bridget Boland
     
 

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In the powerful tradition of Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives and Jodi Picoult’s Handle With Care comes a riveting debut novel about a doula, trained to support women and their families during childbirth, on trial for her best friend’s death.

When you come from a family of funeral directors, the telephone rings ominously in the

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In the powerful tradition of Chris Bohjalian’s Midwives and Jodi Picoult’s Handle With Care comes a riveting debut novel about a doula, trained to support women and their families during childbirth, on trial for her best friend’s death.

When you come from a family of funeral directors, the telephone rings ominously in the middle of the night. For a doula, it resonates with eager anticipation. Either way, it always means lives are about to change. . . .

It might seem like birth and death lie at opposite ends of a spectrum, but to Carolyn Connors, they are mirror images. Caro is no stranger to death, having grown up in a funeral home, but after witnessing her mother’s miscarriage and her brother’s tragic drowning as a child—neither of which she is allowed to discuss—she chooses to become a doula, celebrating the arrival of life rather than its departure.

When her glamorous lifelong best friend, Mary Grace, calls with the exciting news that she is pregnant, Caro packs up her life and leaves home to be MG’s birthing coach. But tension escalates between Caro and MG’s domineering husband, Brad, and the sensitive doula’s advice falls on deaf ears. MG cuts off all contact until complications with her pregnancy leave her with no one else to call. Hurrying to the unborn child’s rescue and watching the life drain from her best friend’s body, Caro thinks the nightmare can’t get any worse. . . .

Until Brad accuses her of medical malpractice. For the first time in her life, Caro must confront the painful guilt, loss, and shame that have trailed her from the past, leading her to the most profound rebirth of all.

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"Bridget Boland has written a powerhouse of a debut novel. The Doula takes an unflinching look at some of the worst calamities that can befall a life, and shows us the grace and redemption that can grow out of our darkest moments. Never sentimental, but with real compassion that rings true on every page, Boland takes us on a hard-fought journey toward genuine wisdom."
—Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451641516
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,190,724
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.06(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Bridget Boland is a writer, yoga teacher, energetic healer, doula, and former attorney. Her work has won the Writers League of Texas Memoir Prize, and the Surrey Writers Conference Nonfiction Contest. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about her work at BridgetFoley.com.

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The Doula 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
damselkiss More than 1 year ago
The Doula was something that interested me since this is one of the things I once thought of becoming before the age of Doulas and home births were so popular. I found that it took more than someone that could comfort a woman during childbirth, but also took strength of character, courage, and compassion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing.  This book tracks the life of Caro, who as a child witnesses her mother's miscarriage and then loses her brother to a drowning.  Caro is a beating, wanders through life not living.  It is hard to feel any empathy for her thus what happens to her is pretty boring.