>My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira

>I’ve never read a Civil-War book from this point of view before. It was very interesting. Mary Sutter, a midwife from upstate New York, wanted so much to be a surgeon but there wasn’t a medical school or doctor that would take her seriously. When the Civil War started, she followed her brother and brother-in-law to war. They went to Virginia to build a fort, she went to Washington to provide medical help. Medicine at this time wasn’t very far advanced, they didn’t know enough to wash their hands between patients and women were not known to be doctors or even nurses at this point. Mary struggles to find her place in the medical field and in the process sacrificing so much of herself.

I enjoyed reading this book, it was very well written and moved easily in time and place between the characters. I’m anxious to see what Robin Oliveira comes out with next.


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