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Dorchester Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1997 - Fiction - 181 pages
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Poor and illegitimate, young Mattie was introduced to the world of medicine when she was hired by an enfluential doctor to care for his daughter. By sheer determination, she grows up to become a doctor herself and sets up her practice amid the soddies and farmhouses of Nebraska. During the years of Mattie's practice, her life is filled with battles won and loved ones lost, challenges met and opportunities passed. This novel offers a portrait of life on the plains and of a most unforgettable woman.

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Inspired by the life of the first woman doctor in Nebraska, though not based on it, this first novel was written by a former president of the Western Writers of America. Dr. Mattie herself narrates in ... Read full review

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Western, written as a biography of the first woman doctor in Nebraska. If you like 'reality', then you might enjoy the book. Read full review


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Judy Alter was born in 1938. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in English with special interest in the literature of the American West from Texas Christian University, and an M.Ed. in English from Truman State University. Alter is an author of books for adults and young readers. Her novel Mattie won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America as the best western novel of 1987; Luke and the Van Zandt County War was named the best juvenile of 1984 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Fool Girl and Sue Ellen Learns to Dance, won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with Sue Ellen also winning a Spur from WWA. Alter has been director of TCU Press Texas, since 1987. She is a past president of Western Writers of America and served several years as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Institute of Letters. In 1989 the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth.

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