Cutting for Stone by A. Verghese
Tuesday February 26th, 2013
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a
beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis
Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth 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. Yet it will be love, not politics — their passion for the same
woman — that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical
school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his
work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him — nearly destroying him — Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.
Abraham Verghese is Professor and Senior Associate Chair for the Theory and Practice of 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, CaliforniaMedicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He was the founding director of the .