Cutting for Stone

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 3, 2009 - Fiction - 560 pages
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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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This book is narrated by Marion, a twin born to a British surgeon and an Indian nun/nurse in an Ethiopian mission hospital. He is raised by an Indian couple who are both doctors at the clinic. He ... Read full review

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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
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Abraham Verghese is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, where he is now an adjunct professor. He is the author of My Own Country, a 1994 NBCC Finalist and a Time Best Book of the Year, and The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has published essays and short stories that have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Granta, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Palo Alto, California.

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