Oh hello there. Well CBR9 was a bit of a bust for me, in that life got crazy and I read exactly one book in Nov/Dec. ugh. But let’s give it a go again!
I’m starting off this year with a book club pick, Cutting For Stone…and yeah, it was great. After an unfortunate reading hiatus, and a crazy holiday, this was a great book to get lost in.
Marion & Shiva are identical twins born to a nun in Ethiopia at the missionary hospital where she works. When she tragically dies in childbirth and their assumed father abandons them, they are raised by a pair of Indian doctors who also work at the hospital.
This book details their lives growing up in the African hospital compound amidst political unrest, medical breakthroughs, and family tragedies.
I adored this book- I’m a sucker for medical fiction, which this had a ton of. Plus engaging characters who were complicated and hurting and beautiful, a messy family that was full of love, and descriptions of Ethiopian food that made me want to buy a plane ticket.
Highly recommend! Bittersweet in the most beautiful way.