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My Name Is Mary Sutter
My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel | Robin Oliveira
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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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Booknerd2
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A very good book about a woman determined to be a surgeon in Civil War times. She will let nothing and no one stop her and it costs her dearly!!!

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Andrew65
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Two different covers from one of my favourite Civil War reads, which definitely has a #rebelgirl. Well ahead of her time and plenty of pluck, a very enjoyable read all round! Recommended #fiercefeb

LeahBergen I much prefer the one on the right. 2y
Bourriquet76 The one on the right reminds me of the cover of One Thousand White Women. 2y
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batsy This sounds wonderful! (Prefer the one on the right, too. It's lovely.) I was recently looking up the author because she has a new book out that sounds intriguing 2y
Cinfhen I like both covers and I'm intrigued #stacked 2y
Cinfhen Your book sounds good too @batsy and it's the same character 2y
Andrew65 @batsy Thanks for that @batsy, I wasn‘t aware of the new book. Even better that it is about the same character @cinfhen . Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 😊 2y
Andrew65 @Bourriquet76 I will have to check that one out. 😊 2y
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awishman
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The story of a woman's desire to become a physician during the Civil War. The narrative was uneven and this prevented me not enjoying it as much as I anticipated. I'm also not a fan of the ugly-but-determined-heroine story that this book entails. Also, this isn't for those with a weak stomach, lots of gory medical content.

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Bourriquet76
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Working my way through my very old Kindle to-read list whilst on vacation.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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The whole time reading this I felt it would make a great movie (more mini series) #thisshouldbeamovie PBS does have Mercy Street, which I still have to watch - but would love to see Mary Sutter on the screen!

annahenke This is a good one! Liked this book a lot. 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @annahenke 👆🏼👍🏻👍🏻 3y
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Susanita
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First of all, I can't believe I've only read eight of these 100 books about the Civil War. Be that as it may, I enjoyed this one, about an intrepid young woman who goes off to war against her family's wishes to try to become a doctor. Mary is not a warm and fuzzy heroine, but the story is intriguing and compelling. Be advised there are a few gruesome scenes.

Susanita It's number 74 on the list. I guess I'm still figuring out this photo thing! 3y
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