Cutting for Stone

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 3, 2009 - Fiction - 560 pages
A sweeping, emotionally riveting novel with over one million copies sold—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. Orphaned by their mother’s death 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.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles—and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

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User Review  - Beth.Clarke - LibraryThing

This is the best book I have read for years. What I like best about the book is that each section of the book was so engaging. I was immediately drawn into the novel and even when Verghese changed to ... Read full review

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User Review  - emanate28 - LibraryThing

What an incredible read! I loved it--the story and the writing, the historical setting, the characters (well, of course I couldn't stand Genet ^^; and Shiva seemed rather flat, but how wonderful were ... Read full review

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The Coming
Bedside Language and Bedroom Language
Praise in the Arms of Jesus
Knowledge of the Redeemer
Crookedness of the Serpent
A Time to Reap
One Fever from Another
Prognostic Signs
Part Four
Welcome Wagon
The Cure for What Ails Thee
Salt and Pepper

Bride for a Year
Part Three
Sins of the Father
Giving Dogs Their
Blind Mans Buff
Knowing What You Will Hear
The School of Suffering
The Afterbird and Other Animals
Loving the Dying
Anger as a Form of Love
The Face of Suffering
Answering Medicine
The Good Doctor
Abu Kassems Slippers
Word for Words
The Dominion of the Flesh
A Time to
A Form of Madness
One Knot at a Time
Grand Rounds
Begin at the Beginning
A Matter of Time
Room with a View
Missing Letters
Five Fingers
Queens Move
Slit the Thew
The Devils Choice
A Pair of Unpaired Organs
She Is Coming
The Afterbird

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About the author (2009)

Abraham Verghese is Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, he is the author of My Own Country, a 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a Time Best Book of the Year; The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book; and, most recently, the critically acclaimed novel Cutting for Stone, which was a national bestseller. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his essays and short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. In 2016 Verghese received a National Humanities Medal from President Obama. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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