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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

In Cutting for Stone, Marion and Shiva Stone are twins born conjoined at the head and separated at birth. Their mother was a nun who died in childbirth. She worked with their father, an English surgeon, at Mission Hospital (pronounced Missing Hospital by the locals) in Ethiopia and he abandoned the boys after they were born. The boys grow up with a close bond and were both interested in medicine and became doctors. They eventually had a falling out when they both loved the same woman, and Marion went to New York City to forge his own life. Eventually, though, he suffers his own crisis and needs both his brother and his father if he's going to survive. Abraham Verghese's debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "Cutting for Stone is a brilliantly realized book that the reader wants to live in, if only for a while."
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