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Cutting for Stone

Abraham Verghese
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An Indian nun at a mission hospital in Ethiopia unexpectedly gives birth to twins and dies in labor. The surgeon everyone believes is the father flees the country, leaving the babies in the care of two doctors. As the brothers grow up, each enters the medical field in a different capacity: one becomes a surgeon while the other helps women scarred by traumatic childbirth. An act of betrayal drives the brothers apart, and one is forced to leave home for the United States, but the bond between them endures. This is a rich and layered story set against the backdrop of Ethiopia's turbulent modern history with a cast of unforgettable characters.

Amy Norton