It is almost 15 years since Stanford Professor of Medicine Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone hit the NYT bestseller list and it has been well worth the wait!!
This epic multigeneration saga set in Kerala from the 1900s to 1977 is full of the sights, smells, sounds, history and culture, of the region with the story centering around Big Ammachi, the matriarch of a family, whom we first meet as a 12 year old bride to be. Without giving anything away, Big Ammachi’s family is afflicted with a peculiar condition relating to water. There were shocks, surprises and lots of medical references and while the book is long (over 700 pages) the beautiful writing just takes you from page to page and generation to generation effortlessly. It kept me intrigued right to the last page. Loved it!
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