The House of Hope and Fear
Life in a Big City Hospital
By Audrey Young
Sasquatch Books, Hardcover, 9781570615115, 256pp.
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Critically acclaimed author Audrey Young offers a real-life Grey's Anatomy set in Seattle's big city hospital. Opening with the view of an idealistic young doctor entering her first post-graduate job at the local county hospital, The House of Hope and Fear explores not only the personal journey of one doctor's life and career, but also examines the health care system as a whole. The county hospital setting provides Audrey Young with a second education. With clear, eloquent text, the author chronicles attempts made to treat those tossed aside by society along with the personal and ideological shifts that accompany this daunting task. All of the hospital politics are detailed in a gripping account of the hospital's inner workings, and a human face is expertly given to the health care crisis in America.
"Young is a gifted writer, and her prose is mesmerizing. She perfectly balances the details of breathtaking countryside with harsh medical realities to weave stories that capture one’s imagination and draw on fully in." —Journal of the American medical