cutting for stone

Cutting for StoneI just finished Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.  For some reason it took me a ridiculously long time to finish this book.  Which is strange because I thought it was a very good book.  The synopsis (courtesy of 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.I've read a lot of books lately where I just don't care about the characters, or it's too depressing for me to find the story enjoyable. This book was just what I needed, the tone of the story is not particularly uplifting, but it isn't so depressing that you want to quit reading. There is a lot of medical terminology and procedures (most of it takes place in a hospital) which contributed to my enjoyment, but even someone with no medical knowledge would be able to enjoy the story. Highly recommended!