Dirty Work

By Gabriel Weston
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316235624, 184pp.)

Publication Date: August 12, 2014

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Description
An informed and arresting debut novel about a young surgeon in crisis, by a writer whose "exactitude of expression is rare and uncanny." (Rachel Cusk)
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.




About the Author
Educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, Gabriel Weston studied English literature at Edinburgh University before attending medical school in London. She went on to become a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and is a part-time ear, nose, and throat surgical specialist. She lives in London with her husband and two children.


NPR
Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

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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