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Topic: My Name is Mary Sutter

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Subject: My Name is Mary Sutter
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 10:03 AM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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The description of the book is misleading.  The Romance part of the book is not really there.  There are two cheek kisses, and that is pretty much it.  What the book is about is the sorry state of medical practice and procedure at the time of the Civil War.  Mary Sutter is a Midfife who wants to attend medical school and become a surgeon.  Because she is a woman, she is turned away at every school and by every doctor who could train her.  She is bold and determined and, by being in the right place at the right time, she becomes part of the medical staff at a Union army hospital. 

The author's research was exhaustive and the medical descriptions detailed.  The characters are not very developed personalities, but engaging enough.  This is Historical Fiction at its best.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 11:01 AM ET
Member Since: 7/15/2008
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I though this was excellent, albeit very disturbing topic. And no, it is not a romance and whoever cooked that description up should get a wet noodle treatment from Genie.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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I have it in my TBR pile. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 9:18 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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I found that the PBS reviewers were the ones who really got the book;  but even then, there was so much more personality given to each character than the author really wrote.   I am a character reader.  I am always looking for fascinating characters.  This book has fascinating medical and political information, but the people are sparsely drawn, IMHO.

I think a wet noodle is definitely called for here.....

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 9:29 PM ET
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I read the book it was okay. Medical history was very interesting. Characters so so. Not good to be an ambitious woman back then.