My Name is Mary Sutter

My Name is Mary SutterMaybe it was the deluge of drab December days. A seemingly endless iteration of gray that left my roll wore thin. Maybe that’s why I found My Name is Mary Sutter so disturbing. Written by Robin Oliveira, it is a tale of inequality, loneliness, and love unrequited. Medical madness. Men as martyrs.  Women denied but determined. The butchery, suffering, and lunacy of war. Dark drama indeed. History, even of the fictional variety, is often a very nasty business.

The fundamental themes and truths underlying Ms. Oliveira’s freshman effort left me melancholy, and miasma was my name. For real. I was impressed but rendered totally depressed. After all, this kind of thing still goes on everyday in some dark corner. Where is the wisdom of the years?  It hurts me just to think about it.  Call me moved.

I was not looking forward to talking about it either. December 17, 2012 loomed in menacing fashion. It stalked me. I needn’t have worried, as things went well-enough, although the conversation did seem somewhat subdued.  We spoke for an hour about all the above.  Afterwards, I switched off the lights, went home, and fell into a fitful sleep.


Robin Oliverira’s Home Page

Times Union Interview

Cokie Roberts and Robin Oliveira

New York Public Library Blog

Joy Huott Via GoodReads

Dorothea Dix

2 Must Read Civil War Tales

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All by Allan Gurganas

“Bawdy, raucous, comic… The story of the South in all its tragic and self-perceived glory.”
–The Boston Globe

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

“A thunderous, action-rich first novel of the Civil War, based on historical fact.”
–Kirkus Review
boomerangAy caramba!  It’s January 1st, 2013.  Happy New Year!  I can’t wait for our first discussion of 2013!  It’s slated for January 14, will feature Boomerang by Michael Lewis, and is double-your-money-back-guaranteed to rock your cognitive cage.  The financial melt down of 2008 reverberates still, and Mr. Lewis offers an engrossing perspective on the issue.  According to one pundit:
“Lewis’s rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn’t come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . but also from his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories…”
–Boston Globe
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  1. Sorry I missed the discussion of the Mary Sutter book.
    December was such a busy month!
    I’m still reading the book. 🙂 I’m on p. 235.
    Mary’s striving keeps me striving.
    Happy New Year to all.

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