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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: May 2010 ISBN: 9781101223024
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In this stunning historical novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrongmidwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becominga surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against womenin medicine—and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tendthe legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of WilliamStipp and James Blevens—two surgeons who fall unwittingly inlove with Mary’s courage, will, and stubbornness in the face ofsuffering—and resisting her mother’s pleas to return home to helpwith the birth of her twin sister’s baby, Mary pursues her medicalcareer in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.Like Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain and Robert Hicks’s TheWidow of the South, My Name Is Mary Sutter powerfully evokesthe atmosphere of the period. Rich with historical detail (includingmarvelous depictions of Lincoln, Dorothea Dix, GeneralMcClellan, and John Hay among others), and full of the tragediesand challenges of wartime, My Name Is Mary Sutter is an exceptionalnovel. And in Mary herself, Robin Oliveira has created atruly unforgettable heroine whose unwavering determination andvulnerability will resonate with readers everywhere. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A "skillful debut ... The Daily Beast
  • ...riveting saga about trying to break a 19th-century glass ceiling. Good Housekeeping
  • Oliveira's debut novel is magnificent historical fiction. Bookpage
  • The language is beautiful and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout ... (Albany) Times Union
  • ...compelling voice ... does a splendid job of reminding us how much the known world has changed ... and how much has not. (Portland) Oregonian
  • 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
  • A vivid romantic novel about love, medicine, and the Civil War, My Name is Mary Sutter features an indomitable, memorable heroine whom the reader will root for until the very end. David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife 
  • Think of Mary Sutter as a northern Scarlett O'Hara without the man-killer good looks for feminine wile... [Oliveira] peels back Mary's vulnerable, human side in this intriguing slice of Civil War history. USA Today
  • [A] riveting saga about trying to break a 19th-century glass ceiling. Good Housekeeping 
  • Oliveira's debut novel is magnificent historical fiction. Bookpage 
  • 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 language is beautiful and the story will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. (Albany) Times Union
  • Compelling voice ... [Oliveira] does a splendid job of reminding us how much the known world has changed ... and how much has not. Oregonian 
  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rapitch | 1/24/2014

    " Wow. A great love story admist the trauma of medical side of the Civil War. I enjoyed it. Some of it was crazy disturbing . . . but real. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Lewis | 1/22/2014

    " Fascinating read. Interesting perspective on the Civil War from the eyes of a woman in the medical field, learning to be a surgeon. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 1/14/2014

    " I loved the idea of this book, and all the parts about Mary but I foun the bits bout the civil war and Lincoln boring. I was really only interested in Mary's story. I wasn't sure of the point o keeping some of the soldiers in it, and I felt that was a substory that mayb didn't need I be told. I think it would have bee. A better story withouy it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenaya | 1/13/2014

    " I have thought about this book often since I have read it and I enjoy it more and more as I think about it. Being in the medical field, or wanting to be in it so bad, this book is right up my alley. It gives me an appreciate for women who fought to gain knowledge when knowledge wasn't easly achieved for them. Mary did all in her power to learn about the human body and was willing to endure hardship to learn even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 1/4/2014

    " a best "in my book" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne | 12/28/2013

    " This was a great book. Although I really didn't appreciate the f bomb being dropped a couple times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/21/2013

    " It was a good book, but I had recently read too many war and starvation stories to give this a fair review. Heavy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/25/2013

    " Warning: It was a good book but it uses the "F" word twice.... okay that is off my conscience now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellyn | 10/24/2013

    " pretty good Civil War read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/13/2013

    " It started off so good and then got bogged down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Lansley | 6/18/2013

    " I loved this historical fiction piece, a large part of which is based in nearby Albany, NY. The descriptions and character development is a work of art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 6/1/2013

    " A good enough story but I especially liked the info on local battles and conditions. I really never studied the Civil War, or the War Between the States of you are still of that mindset so I did get a bit of history I should have learned ages ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/25/2013

    " If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a good, easy read. I learned a lot about the history of medicine too. That being said, if you have a weak stomach be warned; there's a lot of graphic medical scenes in conjunction with battle wounds and death... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 1/10/2013

    " Interesting historical fiction with a strong female lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Bock | 12/31/2012

    " My book club read this book and we unanimously liked it. I found it challenging to read some of the more graphic medical descriptions but the writing was so good and the story so compelling that it made me not able to put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 12/16/2012

    " Awesome book that tells the story of Mary Sutter, a midwife from Albany, New York, who on the eve of the Civil War decides to become a surgeon. She gets drawn into nursing the troops in Washington, DC. Well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 8/14/2012

    " Beautifully written, a stunning look into the medical profession during the Civil War. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 7/7/2012

    " LOVED this - my first historical fiction set in Civil War - interesting to read about the medical aspect of treating the war's injured. And Mary Sutter is a strong, complex character. I think this could be a good book club pick! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 6/5/2012

    " Not a favorite, but an interesting read of the medical plight of the Civil War. There were a few details of the fictional side that drove me crazy (like that each man Mary Sutter became involved with were all "taken), but I thought the "true" story lines were well-told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marsha | 9/23/2011

    " The writer does and exemplary job of presenting the historical facts without the reader feeling they are coming away from a history lesson. The characters are interesting and their interaction with historical figures is very plausible. Very good story development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 9/19/2011

    " This is an excellent book. I like the historical setting and information and I especially liked the story of a woman trying to better herself in a world dominated by men. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 8/11/2011

    " Compelling story, especially if you like medical & civil war history. Ethical & personal dilemmas, mistakes, regrets and reconciliation are written with more sensitivity & depth than most historical fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/24/2011

    " Good topic and lots of history of the civil war I never knew but rather a boring read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kina | 5/24/2011

    " Excellently written historical fiction of a woman determined to become a surgeon at a time when her gender was the main obstacle. The Civil War comes alive in a way few books achieve. I rarely read fiction a second time, but I may for this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayla | 5/21/2011

    " Loved it! Looking at the research resources was also fascinating. I have read a great deal about the Civil War and was to ready to learn about the medical realities. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the other side of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 5/21/2011

    " There are many Civil War novels, but this view was quite different and well told. Detailed, interesting main characters and several "real" people in the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/15/2011

    " I'm not a big fan of war books, but really liked the perspective of this one. Loved the character of Mary, and found the details of what medical care was like in the Civil War to be chilling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 5/6/2011

    " Compelling well-told story, but with so much gore. If this book were made into a movie, no one would be able to watch it. Captures the absolute dreadfulness of this war, yet with inspiring characters. "

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About the Author
Author Robin Oliveira

Robin Oliveira is the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter. She holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute in Moscow. She received an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is also a registered nurse, specializing in critical care. She lives in Seattle.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.