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Healer by Carol Cassella
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Enjoyable second outing by Cassella. Her first novel "Oxygen" was an engaging story of an anesthesiologist who experiences a devastating loss of a young patient and how she navigates that loss pesonally and professionally. Similarly, this novel is also about loss - loss of financial stability, loss of role within the family, and loss of status. The main character is a physician who never completed her residency due to a difficult pregnancy and remained a homemaker, living on the financial success of her husband who designed a profitable cancer screening test. When his next pharmacologic project does poorly on animal trials, the couple suddenly find themselves without financial backers and their entire life savings/investments gone. Their wealth depleted and house forcibly sold, they retreat to what was to be a summer cottage as their new lodgings, struggling with poverty and without focus. The main character resorts back to her training as a physician and finds work in a low-income clinic, treating the immigrant migrant workers. Cassella's writing is fluid and mellow but takes the reader on this slow journey of enlightenment and furfillment and I higly recommend it.
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