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Erlanger Branch PALME D (Text) 33126024880134 Adult Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781101871935 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 1101871938
  • Physical Description: viii, 319 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Novel based on a true story.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [315]-319).
Summary, etc.:
"In 1726 in the small town of Godalming, England, a young woman confounds the medical community by giving birth to dead rabbits. Surgeon John Howard is a rational man. His apprentice Zachary knows John is reluctant to believe anything that purports to exist outside the realm of logic. But even John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local farmer, manages to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John realizes that nothing in his experience as a village physician has prepared him to deal with a situation as disturbing as this. He writes to several preeminent surgeons in London, three of whom quickly arrive in the small town of Godalming ready to observe and opine. When Mary's plight reaches the attention of King George, Mary and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences for the first time a world apart from his small-town existence, and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul. All the while, Mary lies in bed, waiting for another birth, as doubts begin to blossom among the surgeons and a growing group of onlookers grow impatient for another miracle..."--Publisher description.
Subject: Toft, Mary, 1703-1763 > Fiction.
Physicians > Fiction.
Godalming (England) > History > 18th century > Fiction.
Great Britain > History > George I, 1714-1727 > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

  • Baker & Taylor
    From the highly acclaimed author of Version Control: a stunning, powerfully evocative new novel based on a true story--in 1726 in the small town of Godalming, England, a young woman confounds the medical community by giving birth to dead rabbits. SurgeonJohn Howard is a rational man. His apprentice Zachary knows John is reluctant to believe anything that purports to exist outside the realm of logic. But even John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local farmer, manages to give birth to adead rabbit. When this singular event becomes a regular occurrence, John realizes that nothing in his experience as a village physician has prepared him to deal with a situation as disturbing as this. He writes to several preeminent surgeons in London, three of whom quickly arrive in the small town of Godalming ready to observe and opine. When Mary's plight reaches the attention of King George, Mary and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences for the first time a world apart from his small-town existence, and is exposed to some of the darkest corners of the human soul. All the while, Mary lies in bed, waiting for another birth, as doubts begin to blossom among the surgeons and a growing group of onlookers grow impatient for another miracle...
  • Baker & Taylor
    The award-winning author of Version Control presents a novel based on true events depicting a young woman who baffles the medical community of early 18th-century England when she begins giving birth to dead rabbits.
  • Random House, Inc.
    In 1726, in the town of Godalming, England, a woman confounded the nation&;s medical community by giving birth to seventeen rabbits. This astonishing true story is the basis for Dexter Palmer&;s stunning, powerfully evocative new novel.
     
    Surgeon&;s apprentice Zachary Walsh knows that his master, John Howard, prides himself on his rationality. But John cannot explain how or why Mary Toft, the wife of a local journeyman, has managed to give birth to a dead rabbit. When this singular event be­comes a regular occurrence, John and Zach­ary realize that nothing in their experience as rural physicians has prepared them to deal with a situation like this&;strange, troubling, and possibly miraculous. John contacts sev­eral of London&;s finest surgeons, three of whom soon arrive in Godalming to observe, argue, and perhaps use the case to cultivate their own fame.
     
    When King George I learns of Mary&;s plight, she and her doctors are summoned to London, where Zachary experiences a world far removed from his small-town ex­istence and is exposed to some of the dark­est corners of the human soul. All the while Mary lies in bed, as doubts begin to blossom among her caretakers and a growing group of onlookers waits with impatience for an­other birth, another miracle.

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