A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel–an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics–their passion for the same woman–that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him–nearly destroying him–Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.From the Compact Disc edition.
As a somewhat jaded reader, its unusual for a book to touch me emotionally, but this book did it this is the only book that ever inspired me to write a review! It has a great story line, fascinating details about diseases we dont see in America as well as various surgical procedures, and wonderfully poignent interaction between the characters and their world. I had only a vague idea of where Ethiopia even was before I started this, but as the story developed I found myself going to the internet to hear their local music, read more about their history, and learn about this unique culture. Its one of the best books Ive read in a long time, and Im going to give this as a Christmas present to my parents, who also love an intellectually stimulating plot with characters you remember long after the last page is turned.
This is the longest audio book I have ever heard19 CDs. That said, it was definitely worth it. I really cared about the different generations of doctors in Ethiopia and the United States. The characters are so well developed, I really cared about them and felt like I knew them.