My Name is Mary Sutter

My Name is Mary Sutter

by Robin Oliveira

Overview: Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons, who both fall unwittingly in love with her, and resisting her motherís pleas to return home to help with the difficult birth of her twin sisterís baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds.

Rich with historical detailóincluding cameo appearances by Abraham Lincoln and Dorothea Dix, among othersóMy Name Is Mary Sutter is certain to be recognized as one of the great novels about the Civil War.

Faith Bowers (06/22/18): I read this book based on the reviews here. I enjoyed the book but didnít love it. Mary Sutter did have personal growth during her time doctoring in the Civil War . She had to deal with major guilt by not being home to help her sister in the delivery of her baby and all the death surrounding her both personally and in war. I agree with Debbie about her focus and her ability to persevere to get the experience she needed. Learning about medicine through war must be ages old but it was interesting to learn that germs were found out from medical research during the Civil War.

Debbie Weiss (05/15/18): The Roswell Reads book selection in 2011 was My Name is Mary Sutter. This was a few years before I became a member of the Roswell Reads Steering Committee and I never read the book, though I had heard that it was truly excellent. I finally had the opportunity and I agree that this story was extremely interesting. Mary's determination to become a surgeon in the mid-1800's was absolutely inspirational. Against all odds, this young woman persevered to pursue a dream that she had since childhood. It certainly wasn't easy and she never shied away from difficult or grisly situations. She was an angel to all the soldiers that she took care of during the Civil War.

Dale Israel (12/26/13): My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira satisfied my yen for a good historical novel/beach book. Mary is a midwife who wants to become a surgeon which is totally unheard of in the 1800's. Along comes the Civil War and Mary volunteers to serve the wounded and dying Confederate soldiers. As a nurse, this book was right up my alley but I could understand how many people might find the war scenes to be especially gruesome. I enjoyed gaining insight about life during the Civil War and learning a little history along the way. A great beach book that entertained me on a cold, rainy day.

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