My Name is Mary Sutter is set during the Civil War and tells the story of a strong willed woman who wants to be a surgeon in a time women aren’t allowed near the profession. She works as a midwife, along with her mother, but it’s just not enough. Mary isn’t like other heroines you read about in books – she’s not beautiful, can’t get any man she wants and has to work hard to achieve her goals. I found it refreshing for a change.
As always, when I read Historical Fiction, I look for the actual history and am pleased that this book had it. Lincoln is someone I haven’t read a lot about, so I’m not sure of the accuracy of his character, but I liked him anyway. Reading about the hospitals, wounded, dying and lack of supplies was heartbreaking.
One thing I will say is that the book is very graphic. From Mary delivering a child to her amputating limbs, Robin Oliveira goes into great detail and it can sometimes get gory. In that aspect, the book may not be for the faint at heart. However, if you can skim over those parts, I think you’ll still enjoy the book.
Many thanks to Barbara Bower from Penguin Books (Canada) for sending me this book for review.