This enthralling family saga moves from India to Ethiopia to an inner-city hospital in New York City. Twin boys are born at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa to an English surgeon and Sister Mary Joseph, a devout young nun. Sister Mary dies birthing the boys and the father, distraught with grief, disappears, leaving the care and raising of the twins to the adopted parents, both doctors at the Mission hospital. This sweeping novel is a richly layered tale of family, love, heartbreak, war, medicine, and patriotism, all bound together in beautiful prose. I will find it hard this year to read anything to surpass this beautiful novel.— Margaret, Pittsburgh
“Cutting for Stone resists easy categorization -- it is just as much the chronicle of a bond between twin brothers and family as it is a book about medicine, or a story of grace. Verghese's carefully drawn characters are compelling and unforgettable -- this is a book you will have to share with others, if you can bear parting with your copy.”
— Meredith Allison, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
“This sumptuous tale is one of lives, fates, and destinies, how things separate are connected and how those connected are separate. Birth and death are at the outset - and then, pulsingly, heartfully, carry on companionably all the way through. Lifelong wonderings and longings bridge the geography and time spanned. This is like one of the great life-and-death, myth-and-legend sagas with war, famine, exile, love, betrayal, great tenderness and compassion, a cast
of characters, and the work of some larger powers all going on.”
— Rick Simonson, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother's death 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.