In the High Peaks

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cutting for Stone

I've become very interested in my latest read, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. I'm surprised I'm 220 pages into the 600-page chunkster, especially since the novel is set in Ethiopia, and I'm not drawn to novels set in Africa, for the most part.

It's definitely unusual and a bit quirky, but after 200 pages, I'm definitely hooked! It's the story of twins born to an Indian nun who was a missionary nurse in an Addis Ababa hospital in Ethiopia. I've always liked novels with a strong medical background, and after visiting the author's website, I'm more interested than ever. This is his debut novel, though he has published several acclaimed memoirs prior to this. But Verghese is a full-time practitioner of medicine, now at Stanford University in California, though he was raised in Ethiopia.


  1. I'm in the process of listening to it! I enjoy it very much as well, what a great writer! I'm also totally hooked by the story, and it's getting better and better. I want to read some other books of his after for sure. Emma @ Words And peace