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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
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Feb 10, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

While I admit the story began slowly, this novel is absolutely engrossing once you're involved. It's the story of two twins, born out of a secret union in a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. The twins, orphaned after their mother's death and their father's disappearance, grow up in Ethiopia sharing everything-- including a fascination with medicine and the love for the same woman. The brothers are separated until years later when Marion, the narrator, is forced to entrust his life to both his surgeon father who left him and the brother who crossed him.

Beautifully written, readers will feel like they are actually in the operating room in Addis Ababa or traveling through Ethiopia with Marion. Fair warning: there is quite a bit of medical jargon, while it may be hard to understand, it's not crucial to following the plot.
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