The Midwife’s In Town, by Kate Jessica Raphael
The future is now. Roe v. Wade is history.
Abortion is becoming illegal state by state, with the South leading the way. Virginia is the latest domino to fall.
Mollie O’Shay, a retired nurse-midwife from California, packs her bags for Richmond to work in an underground abortion clinic. She starts seeing clients an hour after she steps off the plane. Soon she meets Toni, an alluring, possibly gun-toting anthropology professor. But Mollie isn’t quite who she appears to be, and secrets from her past are about to catch up with her, jeopardizing everyone involved in the clinic.
“The mysteries unfold one after the other in this fast-paced novel, with the tension interlaced with laugh-aloud humor, and a lesbian romance to boot. A thoroughly enjoyable read.” — Barbara Ridley, retired nurse practitioner, author of When It’s Over: A Novel
“It’s the near future, Roe v Wade is overturned, and a group of activists bring the feminist reproductive rights movement full circle. I wish this book weren’t necessary, but it is. It’s also lively, smart, and totally satisfying.” — Ellen Meeropol, author of Her Sister’s Tattoo
“Mollie’s journey takes us on a harrowing, hilarious ride full of all-too-real dangers. At 70, this retired nurse brings commitment, perspective, and a wry sense of humor to breaking bad laws for all the right reasons. Entertaining, educational, and timely as f**k.” — MB Austin, author of the Maji Rios novels
San Francisco activist Christopher Kalman has little to show for years spent organizing non-violent marches, speak-outs, blockades, and shutdowns for social and environmental justice. When a shadowy eco-saboteur proposes an attack on genetically engineered agriculture, Christopher is ripe to be drawn into a more dangerous game. His certainty that humankind stands on the brink of ecological ruin drives Christopher to reckless acts and rash alliances, pitting grave personal risk against conscientious passion.
“I couldn’t put Consequence down! Masover … asks thorny, essential questions about personal responsibility and the role of violence in movements for social change.”
– Sam Green, Academy Award-nominated director of The Weather Underground
“Here is a carefully crafted book about the necessity, and danger, of taking personal action in the 21st century. … Steve Masover’s characters ooze humanity. … The villain of Consequence happens to be genetic engineering but it could have been any current social or environmental issue. The premise, absolutely believable today, is that life on the planet is threatened and that battle waged by this novel’s characters will make a difference. … This is a human story shot in the ass with ideas.”
— Doug Peacock, author of In the Shadow of the Sabertooth and real-life model for Edward Abbey’s George Washington Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang
“Consequence is a great read, full of building tension and excitement … Masover writes about conflicts central to the human situation.”
– Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing