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My Name Is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
My Name Is Mary Sutter

47Rah1980, January 17, 2011

A masterful, wonderful, enriching read. The setting and characters all come alive in Robin Oliveira's debut novel. I was transported in time, thrown into the battlefields and onto the streets of Washington City. I traveled the trains to Albany and was frozen by the daunting task of "choosing" with Mary. The parallel with Lincoln and his decision-making along with Mary and hers, added depth to an already complex story.

As a physician, I appreciated the accuracy of the medical care of the time and the attention to detail. Mary was a very believable character as were her desires and journey. I remember being just as focused 30 years ago trying to get into medical school - and like Mary, family and friends came a distant second to the goal. I would say this book should be "required reading" in medical schools across the country so that we physicians learn about our past and how we take current "knowledge" as truth.

What I appreciate about this novel is that months after reading it, I continue to think about the characters, the history of the time and just want more. The dozen or so novels I have read since do not compare in terms of "staying with me". Some novels I forget upon closing the cover yet I still think of Mary Sutter.

I love a complex read with real characters & multiple subplots that knows what it is about and carries the reader through to a satisfying end. I certainly cannot wait for the next such novel by this wonderfully gifted author.
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