The Birth House is a well written account of a country midwife at the beginning of the 20th Century. The main protagonist, Dora Rare, is the narrator who takes us on a journey from her apprenticeship, through her early days as a midwife, and on to her latter years. The topic is quite interesting, although the description of life and events ‘back then’ lacks cohesiveness… the heroine, Dora Rare, is captured in a number of historical events (improbable) which serve to illustrate the time. Mckay has given Dora a definite modern feminist slant, which I cannot like, because of its unrealistic quality. Definitely a ‘feminist’ book. Points do have to be given for narrative quality though:
* * * 3 stars.