Patricia Harman is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, and she will be in Elkins March 9 to promote her debut novel, "The Midwife of Hope River."
Harman has spent more than 30 years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay-midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse-midwife in teaching hospitals and on the faculty at Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and West Virginia University.
"The Midwife of Hope River" centers on Patience Murphy, a lay-midwife in Appalachia during the Great Depression. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwife practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust, but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.
Partially inspired by her own experiences, Harman proves she is a remarkable new voice in American fiction.
She is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. March 9 at Main Line Books, 301 Davis Ave., Elkins. Light refreshments will be served.
"The Midwife of Hope River" is published by William Morrow Paperbacks.