Cutting for Stone

By Abraham Verghese
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780375414497, 541pp.)

Publication Date: February 3, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Next List
“Cutting for Stone resists easy categorization -- it is just as much the chronicle of a bond between twin brothers and family as it is a book about medicine, or a story of grace. Verghese's carefully drawn characters are compelling and unforgettable -- this is a book you will have to share with others, if you can bear parting with your copy.”
-- Meredith Allison, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX


Description

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 underfunded, 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.




About the Author
A practicing physician and a professor of medicine at Stanford University, Abraham Verghese is the author of "My Own Country" and "Cutting for Stone". His writing has appeared in "The New Yorker", "Granta", and other publications. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
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