January 30, 2009

Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese

“Cutting for Stone” is a sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel that moves from India to Ethiopia to an inner-city hospital in New York City over decades and generations. There's a mystery, a coming-of-age story, political thriller, abundant melodrama and even more abundant medical lore in this debut novel from a doctor best known for the memoir “My Own Country”. I found the medical background fascinating; Verghese delves into fairly technical areas of human anatomy and surgical procedure; but he never overdoes it.

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