TITLE: CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE
AUTHOR: KAYE GIBBONS
PUBLISHER: PUTNAM; 254 PAGES; $19.95
THE BOTTOM LINE: Three generations of Carolina women, one better than the next, are told by a fourth, the best yet.
SOME PEOPLE MIGHT GIVE UP their second-born to write as well as Kaye Gibbons, so graceful and spirited are her fictional histories of North Carolina women. In her fourth novel, Charms for the Easy Life, Gibbons presents Charlie Kate Birch, a midwife and self-proclaimed doctor who meets her ferryman husband as she crosses the Pasquotank River to deliver babies, nurse the sick and lay out the...