Sometimes you come across a book that sends you on an enchanted journey – drawing you into a world that is both exotic and believable. Cutting for Stone does just that. I read this just as I was stepping into my nursing career and I decided immediately that I had chosen the right path. Nurses are portrayed here not as the medical orderlies of fiction and sitcom, but as the very essence of what makes a hospital – even a rural one – a place of healing and wholeness.
Interwoven with the medical themes are beautifully painted prose of locations far removed from the beaten path. This historical fiction delves deeply into Ethiopia, crossing oceans and reaching to New York and beyond. With love stories enticing and tragic, family bonds, and political alliances, this is a book that draws the reader ever deeper.
Varghese, a doctor by trade, portrays the medical community with truth and grace. Not perfect by any stretch, and an art as much as a science. Medical professionals, non-healthcare personnel, and readers in general are sure to love the story and characters. This is one of my favorite books ever. I hope Mr. Verghese has plans to continue writing.