By Gabriel Weston
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316235624, 184pp.)
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
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Nancy Mullion, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose botched surgery has put a patient in a life-threatening coma, must face a medical tribunal to determine if she can continue to practice medicine. Nancy's fears about both her patient's chances for survival and whether she will be "undoctored" are made palpable to the reader. Throughout four weeks of intense questioning and accusations, this physician directly confronts for the first time her work as an abortion provider--how it helps the lives of others but takes a heavy toll on her own.
Interweaving memories of Nancy's English and American childhood and adolescence, "Dirty Work "creates an emotionally charged portrait of one woman's life; the telling of seemingly untellable stories sets her free, as it can all women. Gabriel Weston has given us a truly original, courageous, and meaningful novel.
Gabriel Weston is an ear, nose and throat surgeon. She says writing Dirty Work â?? about an obstetrician-gynecologist who performs abortions â?? made her more sensitive to all sides of the debate. More at NPR.org
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