The Children's Hospital

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Grove Press, 2007 - Fiction - 615 pages
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Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the most revelatory novels in recent memory . . . Cleverly conceived and executed brilliantly,” The Children’s Hospital is the story of a hospital preserved, afloat, after the Earth is flooded beneath seven miles of water, and a young medical student who finds herself gifted with strange powers and a frightening destiny. Jemma Claflin is a third-year medical student at the unnamed hospital that is the only thing to survive after an apocalyptic storm. Inside the hospital, beds are filled with children with the most rare and complicated childhood diseases—a sort of new-age Noah’s Ark, a hospital filled with two of each kind of sickness. As Jemma and her fellow doctors attempt to make sense of what has happened to the world, and try to find the meaning of their futures, Jemma becomes a Moses figure, empowered with the mysterious ability to heal the sick by way of a green fire that shoots from her belly. Simultaneously epic and intimate, wildly imaginative and unexpectedly relevant, The Children’s Hospital is a work of stunning scope, mesmerizing detail, and wrenching emotion.

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this dude is a hard-working writer. - Goodreads
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The premise of this 600+ page book is an arresting one: a second Noah's Flood hits the Earth one night, drowning all of humanity except the staff, patients and visitors of a ten-storey hospital for ... Read full review

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Wowsas - this is a crazy book! I loved it but it's full of dark & twisty ideas, people & happenings & will not leave you feeling uplifted! Chris Adrian has a MAD imagination but is a wonderful writer & storyteller Read full review

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CHRIS ADRIAN is the author of Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital and A Better Angel, which was selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review. Adrian, a fellow in pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of California and a Ph.D. student at Harvard Divinity School, was also selected as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" to watch.

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