Can't get my Visa out fast enough
"The Birth House is a sweet little piece of fiction. Set in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, it's a strong first outing for writer Ami McKay and features an element of magic realism — call it a hybrid of fabulist Gabriel García Márquez and prairie realist Sinclair Ross.
Dora Rare, the female protagonist of The Birth House, is born in the turn of the 20th century with a caul. Because of her supernatural condition, Dora is recruited in her late teens to become an understudy to the local midwife, Miss Babineau."
Need I share more? You know what I'm eager to get my hot little hands on. Did you notice it's set in Nova Scotia? Did you notice I'm knitting for Team Canada? Have I mentioned I'm interested in birth fiction?
O.K. In other media news with a Canadian slant, Toronto native David Cronenberg (A History of Violence) will be directing a BBC production of "Eastern Promises," a thriller involving a midwife and a dead prostitute.
And have you heard that Joss Stone, who was the soundtrack of choice at my last birth, aspires to be a midwife once she's through with her singing career? Someone else famous said a similar thing lately but I forget who it was.