Book Club time! Our latest book, Cutting For Stone is the story of twin brothers, Marion and Shiva Stone, born of a tragic union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa.
Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, and 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. But it's love, not politics that will tear them apart and force Marion to flee his homeland and make his way to America, finding refuge in his work at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him, wreaking havoc and destruction, Marion has to entrust his life to the two men he has trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.
Everyone enjoyed the book and we had a lively discussion.
It was timed for our wonderfully themed, Indian lunch!
We started with an Indian style fried rice. YUMMY!
And enjoyed Butter Chicken, which also happens to be my most favorite Indian food in the entire world - try it if you ever get the chance.
A salad and Naan (Indian Flat Bread) rounded out our feast....
But luckily we had room for some delicious Kheer (rice pudding) and Gulab Jamun (like a donut hole soaked in honey syrup.)
What a wonderful afternoon!
Cutting For Stone-Page 1:
After eight months spent in the obscurity of our mother’s womb, my brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths at an elevation of eight thousand feet in the thin air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia. The miracle of our birth took place in Missing Hospital’s Operating Theater 3, the very room where our mother, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, spent most of her working hours, and in which she had been most fulfilled.