My Name Is Mary Sutter
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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, headstrong 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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This is a very engaging book. We feel Mary Sutter struggle to reach her dream of becoming a Doctor during the backdrop of the Civil War. She has many challenges along the way. She endures. Buy this book if you want to lose yourself for a few days. It does not disappoint.
Thank You for a great read.
This book is lovely in its pace, it's fidelity to history, and its loyalty to good character development. Mary Sutter is a strong and admirable protagonist. I was sorry when I was done with the book.
My name is Mary Sutter
Awesome!!!! Didn't want it to end! Can envision this as a movie or mini-series~