"Get out," he said.
"I don't need you."
"Don't be a fool. You need someone."
The boy lifted his head from the table. "Don't you talk like that to this nice lady," he slurred.
A decision had to be made. This argument occurred during the United States Civil War, 1861-1865, in the historical fiction My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Her protagonist, Mary Sutter is a young midwife determined to become a surgeon in nineteenth century America, when a woman doctor was an anomaly. But the times were not ordinary...
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