Description: Marion and Shiva Stone are born from the unexpected union of Sister Mary Joseph,
a gentle Malayali nurse, and Thomas Stone, a brilliant, intense British surgeon. A union so
mysterious that no one at the Missing hospital in Addis Ababa, where the two worked in such
tandem—not even Thomas—can quite fathom how the pure-hearted Sister Mary is with child.
The traumatic events that follow leave the boys orphaned; they are raised by two Indian doctors at
Missing. Here, Marion and Shiva grow up in a world of medicine, learning the curiosities of sinew
and muscle, of the astonishing workings of the human body. Outside the hospital, the politics of
Ethiopia rages on: failed coups, student agitations, and ultimately the deposing of the emperor
Haile Selassie. And in the midst of all of this, the twins have a falling out about a beautiful young
woman; a conflict so bitter that it leads Marion to flee his adopted country. Marion makes his
way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded Bronx
hospital. But when the past catches up with him—nearly destroying him—Marion must trust his
life to the two men he never thought he would see again: the brother who betrayed him and the
surgeon father who abandoned him.
Moving from Madras to Ethiopia to America, from the 1940s to the present day, Cutting for Stone
is vast, dramatic and unforgettable. No contemporary novelist has written as superbly about the
human body, or as movingly about the world of medicine and its connection to love and loss. It is a
About the Author Abraham Verghese is a physician and the author of two acclaimed books of non-fiction,
The Tennis Partner and My Own Country. A Malayali, he was born and raised in Ethiopia. Dr
Verghese attended Madras Christian College and later Madras Medical College, and since
then has studied and worked in USA. He is currently Professor of Internal Medicine and
Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. A graduate of
the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, his essays and short stories have appeared in The New Yorker,
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Granta. He lives in Palo Alto, California.