Pick up a copy of the book My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveria at the Reference Desk, read it and come join us in the book discussion on Monday night, August 3 at 7 pm in the Council Bluffs Public Library. If you are interested in Civil War life, come here the Humanities Iowa presentation by OJ Fargo, entitled "Just Before the Battle Mother: a Visit with a Civil War Soldier" on July 16 at 3:30 pm at the library.
From the book’s blurb: “…In this stunning first novel, Mary Sutter is a brilliant, head¬strong midwife from Albany, NY 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...two surgeons who fall unwittingly in love with Mary's courage 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 McClellan, 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..."