Thursday, January 07, 2010

Missing Cutting for Stone...

Cutting for Stone was my book last Christmas. One of my favorite memories of that busy holiday was curling up in my bedroom and immersing myself in Abraham Verghese's words about twin brothers born into a family of doctors at a missionary hospital in Ethiopia. By the end of the day my husband hid the book on me so that I would do the dishes!

As holiday shopping became more frenzied in the bookstore this year I relished opportunities to search for the book that I would immerse myself into this Christmas... to no avail. Even though I read 4 books over the holidays, none of them were as good as Cutting For Stone!

Here's the jacket cover:
A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel — an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics — their passion for the same woman — that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an under funded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him — nearly destroying him — Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him. An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

And my favorite review quote:
“Absolutely fantastic! Holy cow, this book should be a huge success. It has everything: nuns, conjoined twins, civil war, and medicine — I was thinking that if Vikram Seth and Oliver Sacks were to collaborate on a four-hour episode of Grey’s Anatomy set in Africa, they could only hope to come up with something this moving and entertaining…. A marvelous novel!”— Mark Salzman

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