Himalayan Dhaba

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Dutton, 2002 - Fiction - 263 pages
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Mary, a newly widowed American doctor, travels to a remote hospital high in the Indian Himalayas to work with a colleague of her late husband. She arrives to find this other doctor missing, the hospital abandoned, and herself the only medical provider within a hundred miles. Caught between shattering loneliness and harrowing self-doubt, Mary struggles to overcome daunting medical and cultural obstacles in a year-long odyssey of healing and redemption that connects her with a cast of unexpected characters.

There is Amod, the waiter in the local dhaba, who secretly adores and watches out for the doctor. Phillip is a young and lonely British traveler who lands in the doctor's care before he is kidnapped deep into the snowbound Himalayan interior. Antone is the aging kidnapper whose every plan goes sour. And finally there is Meena -- abandoned by her family to serve the abusive men of an isolated road crew -- who finds the courage to guide herself and young Phillip to their salvation. As the lives of these characters intersect with her own, Mary learns not only to heal others, but also to heal herself.

Himalayan Dhaba leads the reader through the mountains of India and across the rugged terrain of the human heart on a journey that will long be remembered.

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User Review  - Loel - Goodreads

I expected this to be syrupy-inspirational, but was happy to discover it wasn't. Interesting surprising and intersecting plot lines, strong characters, vivid description, humor. Read full review

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User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

This was read for a library book club. I thought it was pretty bad, nearly unreadable. Author believes in padding to the extreme and also leaving it to the reader to figure out why he keeps bringing in the ravens. I ended up reading the last sentence of each chapter just to finish the thing. Read full review

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In the early 1990s, Craig Danner and his wife found themselves the primary medical practitioners in a remote and rudimentary hospital high in the Indian Himalayas. Working without modern medicines and equipment, they struggled with language and cultural barriers, forged deep friendships with the hospital staff, and did their best to treat thousands of local villagers and wayward travelers.
During that long winter in the Himalayas, when the snows closed the passes and the hospital became quiet for several weeks, Craig Danner began writing a novel that has already won both critical acclaim and a Book of the Year Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.
The author lives with his wife and is at work on his next novel.

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