My Name is Mary Sutter Author:Robin Oliveira The Civil War offers a 20-year-old midwife who dreams of becoming a doctor the medical experience she craves, plus hard work and heartbreak, in this rich debut that takes readers from a small upstate New York doctor's office to a Union hospital overflowing with the wounded and dying. — Though she's too young for the nursing corps, Mary Sutter go... more »es to Washington, anyway, and, after a chance meeting with a presidential secretary, is led to the Union Hotel Hospital, where she assists chief surgeon William Stipp and becomes so integral to Stipp's work she ignores her mother's pleas to return home to deliver her sister's baby« less
Some of my best reads feature strong women characters. Mary Sutter is such an individual and she is my kind of woman! I felt as if I were beside her as she struggled with her society's beliefs about the place of women, not only in the community but also in tragedy such as that caused by war. Her goal to reach beyond the accepted role of women as midwives to become a surgeon is one women yet encounter when they choose to be all that they can be. This is an outstanding read.