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All God’s Creatures
by Carolyn McSparren

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0967303583

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

All God’s Creatures
Carolyn McSparren
Belle Books, Nov 2004
ISBN: 0967303583

In 1960 Memphis teenage debutante Margaret Evans decides to attend veterinary school over the objections of her family especially her mother who wonders if her rebel daughter hates her by going for a career with animals. At school, Margaret finds many of her professors detest females in their classes and openly display their hostility with comments or give her the worse assignments to drive her and the only other female student farmer’s daughter Elizabeth “Eli” Schlieber out of school. Still the two women persevere and become friends.

Maggie who changes her name to McLain and Eli open up a joint practice in the Cleveland, Tennessee area where they slowly persuade the pet lovers, horse breeders, and livestock owners that they know what they are doing. Life moves on with success in their practices while Maggie marries and raises a family.

Change the gender and place Dr. Herriot in the south to give readers a perspective of this tale. Yet that description feels inadequate as Dr. Herriot never dealt with the sexism from her family, teachers, peers, and clients that Maggie and Eli contended with on a recurring basis. ALL GOD’S CREATURES is a delightful account of a woman pioneering in a field that is now loaded with women doctors (My animal doctors in Stockbridge, Georgia has more females than males on staff). Carolyn McSparren salutes those who started the 1960s equal rights movement that has led to females today coming a long way baby.

Harriet Klausner

 

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