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Now Verghese has come out with his first novel, a love story as much about medicine as it is about twin brothers whose bond is tested by their passion for the same woman. [amazon-product text=”CUTTING FOR STONE” type=”text”]0375414495[/amazon-product] follows the twins from their birth into adulthood. Born of the unlikely union of a nun and a surgeon in Ethiopia during the reign of Haile Selassie, the boys lose both their parents at the moment of their birth. Their mother dies; their father deserts them. But they are raised by two loving adoptive parents–both doctors at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. And the twins become doctors themselves. Verghese’s novel draws the reader into a saga that reveals the universal connections between human beings, in love, in conflict and in healing.
Dr. Andrew Weil
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