Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese
Some of my favourites are just *there*, right at the forefront of my mind, at all times. Then there are others, though, for whatever reason — and perhaps I can blame it on the fact that I’ve read a fair amount of books — that I read, adore and then put on the proverbial back burner. Until someone reminds me of a certain one and I’m all OH MY GOSH I BLOODY LOVED THAT BOOK HOW THE HELL DID I FORGET ABOUT IT. Do you know what I mean?!
Cutting for Stone is one of those and, in fact, it was brought back to my attention here on insta via the lovely @samleek1(thanks so much, Sam). This book is absolutely EPIC. If you yearn to be transported to another place, into a saga of the most magnificent kind, this novel is for you. All several hundred pages of it (yep, it’s epic in size as well as in content).
Conjoined twins, Marion and Shiva Stone, are born in hospital in Addis Ababa. When their mother, a nun, dies in childbirth and their father, a doctor at the hospital, abandons them, they find themselves being raised by two of the hospital’s other doctors; they aren’t themselves a couple but together, they co-parent the boys.
Told through the voice of Marion, Cutting for Stone will take you on an incredible journey — through love, friendship, medicine and brotherhood and all the trials and tribulations that come along for the ride. If you haven’t read it, you NEED to. If you’ve read it, I would love to know what you think.
Have a fabulous weekend ~ Sophie