“Suzanne, The Midwife” is the third book of The Watertown Chronicles, a saga of one of America’s immigrant families. William, an early immigrant to Massachusetts, his wife, and their family of ten children live through the turbulent period in colonial history that surrounds the devastating King Philip’s War in 1675. The chronicle comprises the twelve stories of these individuals, beginning in 1666 with the birth of the tenth sibling and ending with his wedding in 1686.
Suzanne Sherborn, the oldest daughter of the Sherborn family, is a trained, certified midwife and healer raised in Watertown. Her story begins when she, her husband, and two children move to the remote frontier town, Groton, Massachusetts in the summer of 1666. Her narrative explores the complex relations between tribal peoples and the colonists, as Suzanne meets the formidable Nashua powwow Dancing Light. Suzanne must negotiate legitimacy for her practice through the approval of the enlightened Puritan, Reverend Willard, while taking in the fascinating knowledge she gleans from her Native American friend and mentor. They share similar fates in the conf lict, but can friendship survive the hostilities of war?
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