and sadly, I didn't really care. My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira, details the story of Mary Sutter, a wealthy midwife living in Albany, New York at the outbreak of the Civil War. Her one dream is to become a surgeon, but she has been turned down by every medical school and doctor in Albany. When the war starts, she sees her chance to get into the field of medicine by becoming part of Dorothea Dix's nurses corps. She travels to Washington, DC and bullies herself into a position at the Union Hotel Hospital. And then there's some family tragedy, and some arguments with the head doctor, and some gruesome descriptions of injuries and disease...and then I gave up.
**Apparently, it did not in fact get nominated for the Orange Prize-as Ms. Oliveira herself was kind enough to point out in a comment below. Darn TBR piles and their lack of appropriate organization!