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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,914 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Oliveira Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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, DC 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Oliveira deftly depicts the chaotic aftermath of battles and develops her own characters while incorporating military and political leaders of the time. The historic details enrich the narrative without overshadowing Mary’s struggles. This well-written and compelling debut will engage all readers of historical fiction, especially those interested in the Civil War.”

    Library Journal

  • “The focus on often horrific medicine and the women who practiced it against all odds makes for compelling reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Selected for the May 2010 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy Sorensen | 2/19/2014

    " This book was a real eye opener for me with regards to medicine and procedures used during the Civil War as well as the role of women as nurses during that time. The heroine, Marry Sutter, is a successful midwife who wants to enroll in med school and is turned down by everyone. Her experiences of working as a nurse under terrible conditions are memorable and I recommend this to anyone with interests in the Civil War, medicine, and women's equality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by L-J Johnson | 2/16/2014

    " A solid, interesting historical. Mary Sutter is a very determined young woman who is trying to become a surgeon/doctor during the Civil War. I thought it was interesting how the author chose to depict Mary more through other characters' thoughts and feelings about her, rather than through the story coming from Mary's point of view. The Civil War action - all seen from a medical standpoint - was horrific. I liked the parts of the novel depicting real people from the time - Abraham Lincoln, Dorothea Dix and especially John Hay. It could have been edited a little more tightly; a little long and at times repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alice Cleary | 2/2/2014

    " I truly enjoyed reading this- As a woman, as a nurse, as a person interested in history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 2/2/2014

    " Good read - a little bloody at times. The chapters that involved Lincoln and his staff/generals were rather dry - I skipped over most of those sections and it didnt have an impact on the overall story around Mary. "

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