In Paperback at Last: Cutting for Stone

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
An NPR Best Book Club Book of the Year (Lynn Neary)

Cutting for Stone, the acclaimed national bestseller by Abraham Verghese, is now available in paperback from Vintage. Hailed as “a masterpiece” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “amazing” by The New Yorker, this debut novel is a beautiful story that weaves together themes of home, family, and fate into an unforgettable narrative.

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 preternatural 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.

Praise for Cutting for Stone:
“A winner. . . . Filled with mystical scenes and deeply felt characters. . . . Verghese is something of a magician as a novelist.”
USA Today

“A masterpiece. . . . Not a word is wasted in this larger-than-life saga. . . . Verghese expertly weaves the threads of numerous story lines into one cohesive opus. The writing is graceful, the characters compassionate and the story full of nuggets of wisdom.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Lush and exotic. . . . The kind [of novel] Richard Russo or Cormac McCarthy might write. . . . Shows how history and landscape and accidents of birth conspire to create the story of a single life. . . . Verghese creates this story so lovingly that it is actually possible to live within it for the brief time one spends with this book. You may never leave the chair.”
Los Angeles Times

“Vivid. . . . Cutting for Stone shines.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Absorbing, exhilarating. . . . If you’re hungry for an epic . . . open the covers of Cutting for Stone, [then] don’t expect to do much else.”
The Seattle Times

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