My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Date: May 2010
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes
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 medicineâ€”and eager to run away from her recent heartbreakâ€”Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tendthe legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of WilliamStipp and James Blevensâ€”two surgeons who fall unwittingly inlove with Maryâ€™s courage, will, and stubbornness in the face ofsufferingâ€”and resisting her motherâ€™s pleas to return home to helpwith the birth of her twin sisterâ€™s baby, Mary pursues her medicalcareer in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.Like Charles Frazierâ€™s Cold Mountain and Robert Hicksâ€™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.