Rosina, the Midwife

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Brindle and Glass, Mar 12, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages

Between 1870 and 1970, 26 million Italians left their homeland and travelled to places like Canada, Australia and the United States, in search of work. Many of them never returned to Italy. Against this historic backdrop comes the story of Rosina, a Calabrian matriarch, who worked as a midwife in an area where only one doctor served three villages. She was also the only member of the Russo family to remain in Italy after the mass migration of the 1950s. Written by Rosina’s great-great- granddaughter, Rosina, the Midwife is a charming memoir that is at once a Canadian story and an Italian one.

Through Kluthe’s meticulous research and great insight, we see her great-grandfather Generoso labouring through the harsh Edmonton winter in order to buy passage to Canada for his wife and children; we glimpse her grandmother Rose huddled in a third-class cabin, sick from the motion of the boat; and we watch, teary-eyed, as her great-great-grandmother Rosina is forced to say goodbye, one by one, to the people she loves.


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I have had the pleasure of reading a snippet of this wonderful book. It brings you right back to Rosina as if you were a part of an amazing rich history that needs to be remembered. It reminds you of how we are all here because of the history of our families!


UNO trace
DUE proiections
QUATTRO meridian
CINQUE migrations
SEI trap streets
SETTE routes
OTTO scatterplot
NO y E Alberta
UNDICI Calabria
DODICI borderlines
TREDICI zenith
F amily Tree

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Jessica Kluthe's writing has appeared in The Malahat Review, The Writer's Block, Little Fiction and Notebook Magazine. In 2012, her essay “Scattered” won the Other Voices creative non-fiction contest. She has an MFA from the University of Victoria and a BA from the University of Alberta. She teaches advanced business writing at Grant MacEwan and is on the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension. Rosina, the Midwife is her first book and she is currently working on a novel. Visit Jessica online at or follow her on Twitter at @jessicakluthe.