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Cutting for stone : a novel
Abraham Verghese
Adult Fiction VERGHES

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Avatar for EmilyEm EmilyEm said:
Marian and Shiva are twins joined at birth and who become orphans when their mother dies and their father abandons them. But what parents--a nun and gifted surgeon! Raised by doctors Hema and Ghosh and a loving cast of godparents, the boys reach adolescence more different than the same--or are they? Genet, daughter of one of the family amahs, figures large in this tale of love, betrayal, revenge and reconciliation--all the things that make a book very worthwhile to read. This book came to my attention from a Naples, FL, book group’s reading suggestions last year. I just finished it this morning--with a box of tissues needed, I might say. It is on many more 2009 best books lists. The characters had become like family in this 500 plus page story of a medical family set in Ethiopia and the US during the 1950’s through the 1980s. All I can say is that it has all a good book should have--great plotting with many unexpected twists, wonderful characters, well-written prose for the literate reader, lots of quotes you’ll savor and a little on art! Just read it. I hope all my New Year reading is as good as this first one.
posted Jan 2, 2010 at 12:03PM
Winter Jackets at Linden Hills said:
Wonderful characterization. Compelling story. Made me cry.
posted Feb 25, 2011 at 4:16PM
elaine said:
Hard to put down. Characters are deeply developed and story is riveting.
posted May 19, 2011 at 6:37AM
RobertaP said:
I absolutely loved this book. It made me cry, also. I really felt I knew all the characters, and I wished that Hema and Ghosh were my parents.
posted Aug 12, 2011 at 6:57PM
Ted's Review said:
This is a powerful book and as the other reviewers have said, you feel like the characters are your family. It took a bit of time for me to get into the rhythem of the book, so if you aren’t hooked at first, give it some time. You will be rewarded. I give this excellent book a very solid A.
posted Apr 14, 2013 at 10:51AM
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main characters Marion Stone
Mother died during childbirth; father was a British surgeon who disappeared; Shiva and he are in love with the same woman; fled his homeland; traveled to America to work as an intern at an inner-city hospital.

Shiva Stone
Marion's twin brother; mother died during childbirth; father was a British surgeon who disappeared; Marion and he are in love with the same woman.

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