Spring 2016 titles
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by John Bart
Middenrammers is a brave and provocative novel about one doctor’s battle for social justice in a small-town hospital. Set in the UK in the 1970s, the story follows young Dr. Brian Davis’ efforts to adjust to his new job in a Yorkshire fishing town, where the only hospital permits no contraceptive advice or abortions. Dr. Davis and Woodie, the midwife he falls in love with, regularly come face to face with the terrible repercussions of theses policies. Because they refuse to accept the attitude of the hospital administrators, who believe that the right thing to do is restrict choice and deny reproductive options, the course of their lives is changed as much as those of the patients.
by Catherine Cooper
Taking place in Sierra Leone in the early 1990s at the start of the civil war, White Elephant centres around a Canadian family—the Berringers—who are at once difficult to like and endlessly compelling. There’s Ann Berringer, who’s riddled with diseases that her physician-husband—Richard—believes are all in her head (well, maybe not the malaria). Richard’s sense of self-righteousness is in conflict with his ability to provide care to his patients. Or at least that’s what his boss—who’s dedicated his life to providing health care to fellow Sierra Leoneans—thinks. And then there’s Torquil, the son, who hates Sierra Leone almost as much as he hates his father, and will do almost anything to get back to his TV and candy in Canada.
by Ian Colford
Tom Brackett has created the perfect world for himself: he has a good job, a perpetually supportive wife, two kids, a mini-van, and even a golden retriever.
But then, his mental instability causes him to commit a terrifying act of violence.
Tom’s story, which is at once tragic and hopeful, shows how quickly familiar structures can crumble and raises the question of how we can possibly prepare ourselves for the loss of everything we hold dear. It dramatizes a man’s struggle to maintain control over his own life under horrific circumstances. Though offering no solution, its message is a positive one: that the struggle is worth the effort.