It took a while, but I finished reading Abraham Verghese's new book Cutting for Stone on Friday night, and it was well worth the time it took. Some of you may have read his first book, My Own Country, about his early days as a doctor in the Tri-Cities area during the rise of the AIDS epidemic. Verghese obviously has the writing gene, because the new book is fiction, and beautifully written.
It is the story of twins born in Ethiopia to a foreign doctor and a nun. Rich characterization with a suspenseful plot and lots of medical details (but nothing too gory or academic) make this a book you don't want to end. And the ending is simply perfect.
Run, don't walk, to our local independent bookstore (if you're in the Raleigh area) or to one close to you, and buy one or both of Verghese's books. Find a cozy place to sit and read, read, read. Enjoy!