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My Name Is Mary Sutter
by Robin Oliveira
Historical Fiction
From The Jacket:An enthralling historical novel about a young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the Civil War. In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head貞trong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine-and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak- Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens-two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary's courage, will, and stubbornness in the face of suffering-and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital. Like Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks's The Widow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokes the atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (including marvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, General McClellan, and John Hay among others), and full of the tragedies and challenges of wartime, My Name Is Mary Sutter is an exceptional novel. And in Mary herself, Robin Oliveira has created a truly unforgettable heroine whose unwavering determination and vulnerability will resonate with readers everywhere.
I was drawn into this book almost immediately. There’s some amazing information on the Civil War, not the battles per se but the conditions under which the soldiers fought. When injured the medical attention they received was barbaric by today’s standards. A very compelling read.
by-Irene 2010/09/01, 05:39 PM
Very nice storytelling and well researched details of the Civil War. This author really gets you right into Mary’s head as she struggles to become a surgeon. She has successes but also has to cope with a lot of disappointments. She holds strong through it all and is never set back for long. Love her character and could have read about her forever.
by-Cheryl 2010/08/25, 04:36 PM
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