My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Robin Oliveira

Narrated By: Kimberly Farr

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: May 2010

Duration: 14 hours 42 minutes


In this stunning historical 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.


  • Angelia McLean

    Dramatic, moving and at times exhausting and intense. The history of the Civil War and its care of the wounded is the main plot but the underlying one is the drive of a woman in the time when woman couldn't do anything and her determination makes this story a very heart wrenching and proud story.