The Doctor: A Novel
So begins The Doctor, a provocative, illuminating novel based on a true story about a brilliant female physician who is compelled to live as a man under the name James Miranda Barry. Patricia Duncker traces Barry's incredible life over the course of five decades and across three continents, from his cross-dressing child genius days to medical school in Edinburgh, Scotland; from his glorious career as a military surgeon to his adventures as a celebrated duelist and social figure known throughout the world.
This richly inventive and entertaining tale of dark family secrets, adultery, and colonial history is a transforming contemplation on the substance of gender, the power of will, and an unforgettable portrait of a brilliant mind.
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THE DOCTORUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
From a promising British writer (Monsieur Shoushana's Lemon Trees, 1998), a fictional interpretation of the life of Dr. James Miranda Barry, a medical doctor—who was actually a woman'serving with the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Lady_Lazarus - LibraryThing
A gripping story with perfect blending of fact and fiction. Patricia Duncker creates a reliable portrait of a rather unknown person in a successful historical background - and has imagination and literary skills to throw in some romance and suspension as well. Read full review