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Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone
Author: Abraham Verghese
ISBN 13: 9780375714368
ISBN 10: 375714367
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Vintage Books
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 667
List Price: $15.95

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Barnes & Noble Review

Abraham Verghese's My Own Country, an incandescent memoir of the author's early years as a doctor caring for HIV patients in rural Tennessee, was one of those books that seemed to make an indelible impression on everyone who read it. His next work, The Tennis Partner -- the tale of a friend's struggle with drug addiction -- was also nonfiction, but his storytelling gifts were clearly so outstanding that it could only have been a matter of time before he turned to fiction.