Born in Buffalo, New York, Roberta Rich was until recently a lawyer practicing family law. She has also been a student, waitress, nurses' aide, hospital admitting clerk, and factory assembly line worker. She currently divides her time between Vancouver, B.C. and Colima, Mexico. She is married and has one daughter, three step-children, a German Shepherd, tropical fish and many oversexed parakeets. "The Midwife of Venice" marks her debut as a novelist. "Much of the history of women is written in water," says Rich of the impetus to create a literary heroine based on the history of the Jews in Venice, after touring the Venice ghetto on holiday. "Their accomplishments disappear as smoothly as a stone thrown in a pond. The creations of women are transitory -- meals cooked, clothes mended, clothes washed, clothes sold (for one of the few professions Jews were permitted at the time was trade in second hand clothing), children born, children birthed, and children raised. After that trip, I started to read all I could find on the subject of daily life in the ghetto. There is precious little. And precious little about the daily lives of women in particular and how they gave birth. This book is a way to imagine a way into all that invisible history."
Roberta Rich recommends
The Lost Souls of Angelkov (2012)
"As enchanting as a Tchaikovsky ballet, as heady as vodka..."
The Violinist of Venice (2015)
"A lovely book, engrossing and realistic...We are in the hands of a not only a master story teller but also a dedicated music lover"
The Finishing School (2017)
"Joanna Goodman clearly knows her way around the rarefied world of the rich and famous. Every page of this compelling novel resonates with authenticity, and is filled with suspense - THE FINISHING SCHOOL will keep readers up late at night."
Chasing the Wind (2018)
(Roxy Loewen Mystery, book 1)
C C Humphreys
"Chasing the Wind has everything a historical fiction reader could want. The suspense is wonderful; the writing is sure and confident; and the dialogue is witty and fast paced. I was completely engrossed from the very beginning."
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