I am reviewing:
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.
Here is my review:
I loved this book. It was written in a narrative format and I found that interesting, but really beautiful. The story starts with the birth of twin brothers and their father runs away. The twins are growing up in Africa being mothered and parented by their adopted parents. The twins know that their father ran away and they know who he is.
Throughout their lives, they learn medicine. They are not formally trained, but learn from their adopted parents since they work at the hospital. Marion is leaning more toward general surgery and Shiva is leaning more toward gynecology. The brothers grow up before your eyes and you can see how they transition into adolescence.
Ethiopia is going through a war of sorts and events transpire that make one of the twins flee the only country he has ever known. He ends up in New York and works his way through his residency. It is in his 4th year of residency that something completely tragic happens and causes both continents to come together again. What ends up happening is nothing less than the true love of brotherhood.
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