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Staff Pick

I'm used to reading good authors, but Verghese is so good, he blew me away. He writes with such detached compassion that Ethiopia becomes your homeland, and Matron, Ghosh, Marion and Shiva Stone, and all the rest become your friends, your neighbors, and your family. Do yourself a favor: read this book.
Recommended by Kathy H, Powell's Books at PDX

Cutting for Stone is both an excellent read and a gift that keeps on giving: I've recommended this book to many, many customers — some of whom have come back to thank me personally and buy more copies as gifts. The plot travels in many diverse directions, but eventually converges to create one solid story; you'll love, laugh, hate, and cry throughout its panoramic unfolding. This is such an outstanding novel, one can only dream of an encore.
Recommended by Donna, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel — an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

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.

An unforgettable journey into one man's remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

Review:

"Abraham Verghese has long been one of my favorite authors. Yet, much as I admire his abundant gifts as both writer and physician, nothing could have prepared me for the great achievement of his first novel. Here is an extraordinary imagination, artfully shaped and forcefully developed, wholly given in service to a human story that is deeply moving, utterly gripping, and, indeed, unforgettable. Cutting for Stone is a work of literature as noble and dramatic as that ancient practice-medicine-that lies at the heart of this magnificent novel." John Burnham Schwartz, author of The Commoner and Reservation Road

Review:

"Empathy for our frail human condition resonates throughout Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone. By tracing the development of a narrator unlike any other in our literature-from his nearly mythic beginnings in Ethiopia to his immigrant life in contemporary America-Verghese demonstrates that the supreme skill of a physician lies not in his hands but in his heart. No contemporary novelist has written so well about the human body. Cutting for Stone is an amazing and moving achievement which reminds us of the miracle of being alive." Tom Grimes, author of A Stone of the Heart

Review:

"I finished Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone last night — it's absolutely fantastic! Holy cow, this book should be a huge success. It has everything: nuns, conjoined twins, civil war, and medicine — I was thinking that if Vikram Seth and Oliver Sacks were to collaborate on a four-hour episode of Grey's Anatomy set in Africa, they could only hope to come up with something this moving and entertaining. I would love to offer a quote for this. But what sort of quote do you think would be most helpful? Should it be: 'a luminous exploration of the boundaries between self and other, public duty and private obligation that limns the notion of I-ness...etc. etc'? That's how quotes usually look to me — like they were written by a literary theorist. Help! In any case, all of that is trivial. The main thing is, congratulations to Abraham, he's written a marvelous novel!" Mark Salzman

Review:

"Cutting for Stone is a tremendous accomplishment. The writing is vivid and thrilling, and the story completely absorbing, with its pregnant Indian nun, demon-ridden British surgeon, Siamese twins orphaned and severed at birth, and narrative strands stretching across four continents. A tale this wild is perilous, but there is not a false step anywhere. Accomplished non-fiction writers do not necessarily make accomplished novelists, but with Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese has become both. This is a novel sure to receive a great amount of critical attention — and attention from readers, too. I feel lucky to have gotten to read it." Atul Gawande

Review:

"Abraham Verghese has always written with grace, precision and feeling [but] he's topped himself with Cutting for Stone....A vastly entertaining and enlightening book." Tracy Kidder

Review:

"Cutting for Stone is nothing short of masterful —a riveting tale of love, medicine, and the complex dynamic of twin brothers. It is beautifully conceived and written. The settings are wonderfully pictorial. There is no doubt in my mind that Cutting for Stone will endure in the permanent literature of our time." Richard Selzer, surgeon and author of Letters to a Young Doctor

Review:

"With all the traits of a great 19th century novel...Cutting for Stone is destined for success." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Contemporary literary comparisons are not easy with Verghese. At times he seems to be reaching for the magical realism of Gabriel Garci a Marquez, but with a more pragmatic bent." Houston Chronicle

Review:

"Verghese's writing infuses both surprise and humor as political and moral crises emerge at the hospital and within his characters." Providence Journal

Review:

"Verghese writes beautifully....[R]eaders will likely forgive him his coincidences for the pleasure of seeing everything work out, more or less, well." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Abraham Verghese's first novel is a whopper, illuminating the magic and the tragedy of our lives, brimming with wisdom about the human condition. Such fun to read, too." Newsday

Review:

"Suffering, in medical and psychological senses, is the armature of much of the action and character in Cutting for Stone, but there is heroism as well." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"[A] staggering work, a beautifully crafted account of one man's birth, exile and return to his native Ethiopia." Rocky Mountain News

Review:

"[A]bsorbing, exhilarating and exhausting....[Verghese's] intimate depiction of humanity makes your pulse race, your eyes tear, and your lungs exhale a satisfied sigh." Seattle Times

Synopsis:

A stunning debut novel from the author of My Own Country: an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Synopsis:

An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped—perhaps fatally—inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment

Synopsis:

From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of an Oaxacan trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca — its rich culture, its rapid change — to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte — land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

Synopsis:

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel—an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

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 mothers death in childbirth and their fathers 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.

An unforgettable journey into one mans remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

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About the Author

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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Susan F, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Susan F)
Inticate plot and fascinating characters make this book one of my all-time favorites! This book also covers a brief, but accurate history of medicine.
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Richard Thies, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Richard Thies)
I found Cutting for Stone fascinating. The India/Ethiopia/U.S. setting gave a lot of cultural issues to think about. The medical treatments were eye-opening and well presented. The surprises gave some mystery, excitement and emotional pull. It was a most satisfying book.
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kuruvi, May 26, 2012 (view all comments by kuruvi)
Simply put: an amazing novel! A sweeping tale set in three continents, it has everything--desire, commitment, love, passion, abandonment, sacrifice, history, hope, redemption to name some of the themes explored in this book, and Verghese stitches each theme seamlessly and the result is a beautiful quilt! The narrative is simple but eloquent. The characters are so real, and each one of them remains in your memory long after the book is finished. I particularly loved reading about Ethiopia's politics, history and culture. Verghese's simplicity describing the challenges, hard work, pain, and rewards of the medical profession is very impressive. I have read this book thrice and I know I will read it again. Cutting for Stone leaves me wanting more from Verghese, and I will wait to see if he can cut a stone that will outshine this gem!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375414497
Author:
Verghese, Abraham
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Author:
Verghese, A.
Author:
Vaillant, John
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
A<br><br>&#8220;An epic tale about love, abandonme
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb

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Product details 288 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780375414497 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I'm used to reading good authors, but Verghese is so good, he blew me away. He writes with such detached compassion that Ethiopia becomes your homeland, and Matron, Ghosh, Marion and Shiva Stone, and all the rest become your friends, your neighbors, and your family. Do yourself a favor: read this book.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Cutting for Stone is both an excellent read and a gift that keeps on giving: I've recommended this book to many, many customers — some of whom have come back to thank me personally and buy more copies as gifts. The plot travels in many diverse directions, but eventually converges to create one solid story; you'll love, laugh, hate, and cry throughout its panoramic unfolding. This is such an outstanding novel, one can only dream of an encore.

"Review" by , "Abraham Verghese has long been one of my favorite authors. Yet, much as I admire his abundant gifts as both writer and physician, nothing could have prepared me for the great achievement of his first novel. Here is an extraordinary imagination, artfully shaped and forcefully developed, wholly given in service to a human story that is deeply moving, utterly gripping, and, indeed, unforgettable. Cutting for Stone is a work of literature as noble and dramatic as that ancient practice-medicine-that lies at the heart of this magnificent novel."
"Review" by , "Empathy for our frail human condition resonates throughout Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone. By tracing the development of a narrator unlike any other in our literature-from his nearly mythic beginnings in Ethiopia to his immigrant life in contemporary America-Verghese demonstrates that the supreme skill of a physician lies not in his hands but in his heart. No contemporary novelist has written so well about the human body. Cutting for Stone is an amazing and moving achievement which reminds us of the miracle of being alive."
"Review" by , "I finished Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone last night — it's absolutely fantastic! Holy cow, this book should be a huge success. It has everything: nuns, conjoined twins, civil war, and medicine — I was thinking that if Vikram Seth and Oliver Sacks were to collaborate on a four-hour episode of Grey's Anatomy set in Africa, they could only hope to come up with something this moving and entertaining. I would love to offer a quote for this. But what sort of quote do you think would be most helpful? Should it be: 'a luminous exploration of the boundaries between self and other, public duty and private obligation that limns the notion of I-ness...etc. etc'? That's how quotes usually look to me — like they were written by a literary theorist. Help! In any case, all of that is trivial. The main thing is, congratulations to Abraham, he's written a marvelous novel!"
"Review" by , "Cutting for Stone is a tremendous accomplishment. The writing is vivid and thrilling, and the story completely absorbing, with its pregnant Indian nun, demon-ridden British surgeon, Siamese twins orphaned and severed at birth, and narrative strands stretching across four continents. A tale this wild is perilous, but there is not a false step anywhere. Accomplished non-fiction writers do not necessarily make accomplished novelists, but with Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese has become both. This is a novel sure to receive a great amount of critical attention — and attention from readers, too. I feel lucky to have gotten to read it."
"Review" by , "Abraham Verghese has always written with grace, precision and feeling [but] he's topped himself with Cutting for Stone....A vastly entertaining and enlightening book."
"Review" by , "Cutting for Stone is nothing short of masterful —a riveting tale of love, medicine, and the complex dynamic of twin brothers. It is beautifully conceived and written. The settings are wonderfully pictorial. There is no doubt in my mind that Cutting for Stone will endure in the permanent literature of our time."
"Review" by , "With all the traits of a great 19th century novel...Cutting for Stone is destined for success."
"Review" by , "Contemporary literary comparisons are not easy with Verghese. At times he seems to be reaching for the magical realism of Gabriel Garci a Marquez, but with a more pragmatic bent."
"Review" by , "Verghese's writing infuses both surprise and humor as political and moral crises emerge at the hospital and within his characters."
"Review" by , "Verghese writes beautifully....[R]eaders will likely forgive him his coincidences for the pleasure of seeing everything work out, more or less, well."
"Review" by , "Abraham Verghese's first novel is a whopper, illuminating the magic and the tragedy of our lives, brimming with wisdom about the human condition. Such fun to read, too."
"Review" by , "Suffering, in medical and psychological senses, is the armature of much of the action and character in Cutting for Stone, but there is heroism as well."
"Review" by , "[A] staggering work, a beautifully crafted account of one man's birth, exile and return to his native Ethiopia."
"Review" by , "[A]bsorbing, exhilarating and exhausting....[Verghese's] intimate depiction of humanity makes your pulse race, your eyes tear, and your lungs exhale a satisfied sigh."
"Synopsis" by , A stunning debut novel from the author of My Own Country: an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, fathers and sons, doctors and patients, exile and home.
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettable, page-turning survival story recounted by Hector, a man trapped&#8212;perhaps fatally&#8212;inside a tanker truck during an illegal border crossing, telling of his hopes for rescue, the joys and trials of his life, and what has brought us all to this moment
"Synopsis" by ,
From the best-selling author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce, this debut novel is a gripping survival story of an Oaxacan trapped, perhaps fatally, during a border crossing.
 
Hector is trapped. The water truck, sealed to hide its human cargo, has broken down. The coyotes have taken all the passengers money for a mechanic and have not returned. Those left behind have no choice but to wait.

Hector finds a name in his friend Cesars phone. AnniMac. A name with an American number. He must reach her, both for rescue and to pass along the message Cesar has come so far to deliver. But are his messages going through?

Over four days, as water and food run low, Hector tells how he came to this desperate place. His story takes us from Oaxaca &#8212; its rich culture, its rapid change &#8212; to the dangers of the border. It exposes the tangled ties between Mexico and El Norte &#8212; land of promise and opportunity, homewrecker and unreliable friend. And it reminds us of the power of storytelling and the power of hope, as Hector fights to ensure his message makes it out of the truck and into the world.

Both an outstanding suspense novel and an arresting window into the relationship between two great cultures, The Jaguars Children shows how deeply interconnected all of us, always, are.

"Synopsis" by , A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel&#8212;an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

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 mothers death in childbirth and their fathers 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&#8212;their passion for the same woman&#8212;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&#8212;nearly destroying him&#8212;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.

An unforgettable journey into one mans remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

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