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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese July 26, 2011

The story begins as Sister Mary Joseph Praise, newly pinned as a nurse and a Carmelite nun, boards a ship toward Ethiopia.  It is on this ship that she, literally, runs into Dr. Thomas Stone for the first time.  Years later, she bears his children; twin boys, Marion and Shiva Stone, are orphaned by their mother’s death during childbirth and their father’s immediate disappearance.

The boys grow up around Missing hospital, raised by doctors and faithful help.  Shiva and Marion share that special bond of twins until a betrayal threatens to tear them apart.  They go their separate ways only to be driven back together again by medicine, family, and love.

Cutting for Stone was one of the finalists for One Book, One Lincoln.  It was a wonderful book, filled with rich characters and an engrossing storyline.  I learned about Ethiopia and its medical and political struggles.  It gave me a deep appreciation for those who provide medical care to those who need it the most, where technology, supplies, and staff are sparse.  Although the length of this book is daunting (658 pages), it is a story worth reading.

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