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Cutting for Stone - Abraham Verghese
Cutting for Stone
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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.... show more
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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375414497 (0375414495)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 541
Edition language: English
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Emily S
Emily S rated it
2.0 Cutting for Stone
I think my biggest problem with this book was the unnecessary details. For example, he starts off with something interesting about how a teacher discovered Shiva's having given up speech...and promptly goes off for several paragraphs about the school and organizations and details that didn't add any...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
4.0 Cutting for Stone
This is great novel. Just fantastic storytelling. And it's a novel about surgeons who love their work by an author who shares and also loves their work. It almost made me want to be a surgeon (and that's a huge leap, believe me). The characters are fully fleshed out, and it's a monumental story,...
kennethjmcginnis
kennethjmcginnis rated it
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Lee's Library
Lee's Library rated it
5.0 Cutting for Stone - Lose yourself in another world
When I started this book I had no idea that it would end up being my favourite book of the year. It was so unexpectedly moving and brilliant that I am still shocked it's over. Abraham Verghese writes the kind of story that makes you a part of his world. A hospital compound in Ethiopia inhabited b...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 Cutting for Stone
I'd seen this pop up periodically on my friends' list on Goodreads, almost always with raves and often five stars. But I avoided it for a while because what I'd heard of the plot made it sound so unbelievably ludicrous. The story of a Siamese twin born to a disgraced nun? Seriously? I thought it wou...
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