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PHILADELPHIA – October 15, 2013 – The Midwife’s Revolt follows 18th-century midwife Lizzie Boylston's path from grieving widowhood after Bunker Hill, to her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams, and to her dangerous work as a spy for the American side. The author, Jodi Daynard, will discuss her book in a public program presented by the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Rittenhouse Square headquarters of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1630 Latimer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103). A 5 p.m. wine and cheese reception precedes the author’s 6 p.m. presentation. The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to [email protected].
The book has been hailed by readers and critics alike. Publisher's Weekly called it "a charming, unexpected, and decidedly different view of the Revolutionary War." Kirkus Reviews raved: “This humorous, exciting and touching story retells the familiar saga of the Revolutionary War in a stunning new way that feels fresh and alive.” The Midwife’s Revolt takes readers on a journey to the founding days of America, where the course of the protagonist’s life is inextricably linked to the events of the era. A novel rich in historical detail, The Midwife’s Revolt opens a window onto the real lives of colonial women. During the presentation, Ms. Daynard will describe the research she undertook to craft this historical fiction.

About Jodi Daynard:

Jodi Daynard is a writer of fiction, essays, and criticism. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Paris Review, Agni, New England Review, and in several anthologies. She is the author of The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape by 20 Contemporary Writers. Ms. Daynard’s essays have been nominated for several prizes and mentioned in Best American Essays. She has taught writing at Harvard University, M.I.T., and in the MFA program at Emerson College, and served for seven years as Fiction Editor at Boston Review. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, The National Women’s Book Association, and the Author’s Guild. The Midwife’s Revolt is her first novel.

About The Museum of the American Revolution:

The Museum of the American Revolution will tell the complete story of the American Revolution using its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters, and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original “greatest generation,” and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. Construction is now underway for the new Museum that is being built steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, Franklin Court, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution. It will serve as a portal to the nation’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context and encouraging explorations that begin at the Museum’s doorstep. The Museum is a private, non-profit organization. For more information, visit or call toll free, 877-740-1776.