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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Sweeping in scope, Cutting for Stone tells the story of identical twins, born in war-torn Ethiopa to young and flawed doctor and a devoted Catholic nun who run a missionary hospital. As the forbidden love comes to an abrupt end, the resulting progeny -- Shiva and Marion -- blend practically as one living organism to better make sense of the chaotic world around them. Their closeness creates explosive friction as the twins grow into adulthood, leading Marion to flee to America, seeking to become a doctor like his real father and the adopted parents who raised him. There, Marion learns real lessons of healing as he is forced to finally uncover and reconcile the breadth of his family secrets.



Abraham Verghese is a superb physician/writer and creates well-developed characters, advances an epic plot and provides copious medical details to make the hospital setting amazingly believable. While I enjoyed this novel, I would have encouraged Verghese to edit more as it labored tediously through several scenes. All in all, Cutting for Stone is a tremendous accomplishment.
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