My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is exactly why we recommend books to one another. Here, for whatever reason, is a book I doubt I ever would have read if it hadn’t been for a couple of friends (whose opinion in books I value) raving about it. A medical drama set in Ethiopia? Pass. The fact that it’s been on the best seller lists for years meant nothing to me. Thankfully, I was lent the book to read and just a few pages in I was hooked. Everything about Cutting for Stone is captivating; the prose, the characters, the story, the location, even the medical story elements, had me engaged throughout.
Cutting for Stone is the story of twin brothers Marion and Shiva, born out of wedlock to a nun and a talented surgeon working in a struggling hospital in Ethiopia. When their mother dies in childbirth and their father flees the country, the boys are adopted by a pair of doctors, colleagues of their father’s, who treat them as their own, raising them against the backdrop of family drama and political upheaval. As the twins grow up, they drift apart until a painful event severs their bond and places an ocean between them. The Stone family’s story is an engrossing tale of betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption that had me reading the conclusion with a lump in my throat. Highly recommended.