Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cutting for Stone

I couldn't put this book down. Nor could the other members of the GPL book club.

Author Abraham Verghese has undertaken a novel that is very broad and ambitious in scope. It sweeps from Asia, to Africa, to America, with the major parts in Ethiopia.

It is the story of a brilliant surgeon and a Roman Catholic nun who give birth to twin sons, Marion and Shiva. Sister Mary Joseph Praise dies in childbirth and Dr. Thomas Stone abandons the children, leaving them to his colleagues to raise. An unlikely family is formed, giving new  meaning to the expression, "It takes a village to raise a child."

Verghese weaves all the familiar themes--love, lust, betrayal, hope, commitment, dreams--into this compelling book.

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