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My Name is Mary Sutter - Robin Oliveira
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... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670021673 (0670021679)
Publisher: Viking Adult
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
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Tuck's Book Nook
Tuck's Book Nook rated it
4.0
Really well written book. The language was beautifully descriptive and really conveyed a sense of time and place. Having toured Antietam myself a year or two ago I had a pretty good idea of how that battle went, down to troop formations and the Sunken Road and Burnside's Bridge, etc. But the author ...
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it
4.0 My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel
A very enjoyable read that I wish had taken more time. I very much enjoyed the characters and the historical research that defined this short book. Mary Sutter is a strong woman who is put into impossible situations but manages to keep control of herself. I wanted to read more about her and the p...
Anne
Anne rated it
Too much silly romance, not enough character development. A quick read - finished it on the train and waiting for a haircut, and it was entertaining enough.
Get Lost in the Stacks
Get Lost in the Stacks rated it
3.0
The story of this remarkable woman and the men and women around her who risked their lives to save the nation's soldiers are the true un-sung heroes of the Civil War. Oliveira's novel is richly researched and a tale is truly woven. However, I felt that there was something lacking... I tried to conne...
KarenV
KarenV rated it
I read the first chapter as a Kindle sample download and enjoyed it enough to borrow the paperback from the library. However, I just couldn't get into the book at all; maybe I'm just not in the mood for the subject matter right now or maybe the very small print of the paperback didn't help but I dec...
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