My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel

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Penguin, May 13, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Update May 14 - My library already has a copy of this! Yay! Received as a giveaway here - thank you! So far this ARC is interesting, if a little dry. I'm not sure of by ability to judge because the ... Read full review

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Wow what a read! This author did her research! This novel takes place in the premature and all stages of the Civil War. Mary was a midwife and desperately wanted to become a surgeon. Mary leaves her ... Read full review

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Title Page
Chapter Three
Chapter Five
Chapter Eight
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twentythree
Chapter Twentyseven
Chapter Twentyeight

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About the author (2010)

Robin Oliveria received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for a work-in-progress for My Name Is Mary Sutter. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two children.

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