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E/view: Rosina, the Midwife

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The true story of an Italian midwife bares the same twists and turns of an epic novel at times, told through the words of Edmonton author (and great-great-granddaughter) Jessica Kluthe.

BY PAULA E. KIRMAN

At first, I thought Rosina, the Midwife, was a novel. Upon further investigation, I realized it was a family history by Edmonton author Jessica Kluthe. However, with its drama, twists, turns, and revelations, this book has all of the creativity of a novel – except it’s a true story. 

Kluthe tells the story of her great-great-grandmother Rosina, the matriarch of her mother’s side of the family. She was the only member of the family to remain in Italy, as she watched other lived ones leave, one by one. Rosina was also a midwife, in an area where one doctor served three villages. 

Seamlessly moving back and forth between the history she presents and her contemporary life, Kluthe draws connections between how her past has shaped her, a past that she set out to discover through in…