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Author Palmer, Dexter Clarence, 1974- author.

Title Mary Toft; or, the rabbit queen / Dexter Palmer.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [2019]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Fiction  F PALMER    AVAILABLE
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Description viii, 319 pages ; 25 cm
Summary 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. 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...
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-319).
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.
Added Title Rabbit queen
ISBN 9781101871935 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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