The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere)

300 pages

Published Oct. 11, 2016 by 47North.

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5 stars (3 reviews)

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Review of 'The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book took me completely by surprise and was honestly so hard to put down. The writing style, alternating between diary entries and neutral narration added such an immersive element to an already super harrowing plot. Earlier this year I read Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich and Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, and knowing that this book came out in 2014, it's interesting to see how it certainly laid the foundation for dystopian books focused on reproduction. Definitely not the happiest book I've read, probably not the best time in our political climate to read about messed up stuff happening to women & families, but this book was amazing nonetheless.

Review of 'The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I have read a shit-ton of post-apocalyptic books, but this is by far one of my favorites, if not my favorite. It’s amazing how much the same old post-apocalyptic plot can transform when it’s a woman author. I could completely immerse myself in the story because I could see myself in her shoes, raiding for birth control at pharmacies and being stricken with fear at having to navigate a world where your body is your biggest and most dangerous threat—in more ways than one. It wasn’t just gratuitous violence and gore, but expertly woven themes of remembering what humanity used to be and reconciling it with what it’s become, along with an appropriately sprinkled amount of dead body descriptions and murder. Really glad I found it.