My Name is Mary Sutter
On the eve of the Civil War, Albany midwife Mary Sutter desperately wants to be a surgeon. When Dorthea Dix puts out a call for nurses, Mary leaves her family and her practice behind and rushes to Washington. Told from the view of nurses, families, and politicians, this novel is an enthralling, exquisitely crafted debut. It is a story for lovers of historical fiction as well as anyone who believes in the power of the human spirit.