Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (2009)
Author of My Own Country, Verghese’s first fiction book is an intriguing novel about Shiva and Marion Stone, identical twins born in 1954 at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When their mother dies in childbirth and their father Dr. Thomas Stone flees in despair, the parents’ Indian colleagues Hema and Ghosh raise the twins. Verghese is a physician and his novel is peppered with descriptions of medicine, surgery and Ethiopia that offers readers a glimpse into an unfamiliar world. The novel is at its best when Verghese is writing about his homeland, Ethiopia.