The River Midnight : Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village, Blaszka, Poland. When they were young, four friends were known as the vilda hayas, the wild creatures. But their adult lives have taken them in different directions, and they've grown apart. One woman, Misha, is now the local midwife. In a world where strict rules govern most activities, Misha, an unmarried, independent spirit becomes the wayward heart of Blaszka and the keeper of town secrets. But when Misha becomes pregnant and refuses to divulge the identity of her baby's father, hers becomes the biggest secret of all, and the village must decide how they will react to Misha's scandalous ways. 414 pages.