Set in gritty New York City in the last half of the
nineteenth century, My Notorious Life is a vibrant portrait of Axie
Muldoon, a plucky orphan who becomes one of the most successful, and
controversial, midwives of her time. Told in a magnetic voice, pulsing and
vivid, Axie recounts how she is separated from her mother and siblings and apprenticed to a doctor and midwife and how she later parlays the sale of a
few bottles of “lunar tonic for female complaints” into a thriving midwifery
practice with her husband and fellow orphan friend, Charles G. Jones. But Axie
is on a collision course with one of the most zealous, censorious characters of
her era: Anthony Comstock, founder of the Society for the Suppression of Vice,
and it will take all of Axie’s power to outwit him and save both herself and
her family from ruin.
A love story, a family saga, and a brilliant rendering of a
historical time, this is also a moving and nuanced commentary on an important
topic: women’s control of their bodies. But ultimately, it is the story of one
woman making her indomitable way in a difficult world. With her fierce and
vibrant spirit, Axie Muldoon is an indelible heroine for the ages. Download and start listening now!