Our book group tends to choose books with either a medical or multicultural theme. This month’s pick, Verghese’s 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone, incorporates both topics as it draws heavily from the author’s detailed clinical knowledge as well as his experience of growing up in Ethiopia during the reign of Emperor Haile Selassie. On April 11th, 2010, The Observer published an article by Verghese about what it was like living in Ethiopia while Emperor Haile Selassie was in power and how the author was personally affected by the 1973 coup. The article also highlights some of the similarities between Verghese’s life and the experiences of Marion and Shiva in the book. Additional biographical information, including details about the author’s medical background can be found on Verghese’s Official Website.
Listen to the author read from Cutting for Stone. This reading was broadcast on NPR’s Book Tour show and was originally recorded at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC.