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LovieThe Story of a Southern Midwife and an Unlikely Friendship$
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Lisa Yarger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469630052

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469630052.001.0001

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(p.276) 32 Revelations

Lisa Yarger

University of North Carolina Press

Lovie’s spirits plummet when forced to cancel her remaining scheduled deliveries after having hip replacement surgery. She and the narrator continue to try to make sense of their spiritual differences. After the narrator marries a non-practicing Jew, Lovie temporarily ramps up her evangelizing but eventually seems to accept the narrator’s resistance to being pinned down. Lovie leaves the door open for more deliveries, then experiences a devastating house fire that forces her to move in with her daughter. She continues to revisit her past through storytelling, but it is not clear where this process will ultimately lead her. Struggling with health issues and depression, she hints at her readiness for the narrator to wrap up her research. The narrator ponders her responsibility to Lovie and how she has possibly contributed to Lovie’s exhaustion by stretching out the documentary fieldwork phase of the book project.

Keywords:   hip replacement surgery, spiritual differences, documentary fieldwork

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