FSPL Reading Group

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Cutting For Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Wednesday, May 15 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Books are available at both library branches.

Adults ages 18 and up.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon.  Orphaned by their mother's death and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatual connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution.

Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting For Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles - and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.

In Greek, 'lithos' is stone and 'tomos' is cut, and lithotomy refers to the surgical method of removal of kidney or bladder stones.  Hippocrates noted it as 'lethal' work that should be left to surgeons.  In the Hippocratic Oath, there used to be a line there that said, 'I will not cut for stone.'