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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
Publication date: May 13, 2010

Description from GoodReads:

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 McClelland, 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.

What are you waiting on?

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Jennifer G.


  1. Oooh, I like the sound of this one. I just adore the cover and anything with history in it, sounds good to me.

  2. I would love to read this book. History combined with strong female characters is something that is on my auto buy list :)

  3. Doesn't it sound great?

    Shweta, my favorite historical fiction book with a strong female character is Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund. Have you read it? It's one of my favorites.

  4. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds like something I would really enjoy. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  5. I'm not a huge historical fan... for some reason I always strayed away from it in school. But the story itself sounds so good. I can't pass this one up.

    I am trying to aquaint myself with historicals...slowly but surely I'm adding them to my lists =)

  6. Mishel, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I hope you find some titles that you enjoy!


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