Join us for the 2015 AViD (Authors Visiting in Des Moines) Series!
Award winning aurhot Robin Oliveira will discuss her Civil War epic novel My Name is Mary Sutter.
Selected as the 2015 All Iowa Reads title, this stunning historical novel features Mary Sutter, 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, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.
Robin Oliveira grew up just outside Albany, New York. She holds a B.A. in Russian, and studied at the Pushkin Language Institute in Moscow, Russia. She worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, specializing in Critical Care and Bone Marrow Transplant. In 2006 Robin received an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2007 she was awarded the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. The book also received the 2011 Michael Shaara Prize for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the 2010 American Historical Fiction Honorable Mention from the Langum Charitable Trust. Oliveira’s second novel, I Always Loved You, is the story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's tempestuous relationship. Published in 2014 it is now available in paperback. She lives near Seattle, WA with her husband, Andrew Oliveira.