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Publisher Description

International Bestseller

A sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel — an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home.

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret 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, 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. Yet it will be love, not politics — their passion for the same woman — that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him — nearly destroying him — Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

Fiction & Literature
February 3
Random House of Canada
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

jennaekel ,

Fantastic book!

It's shocking that a physician was able to write such an engrossing, moving story. This is one of the best books I've ever read.

Shiapie ,

Excellent Read

Entertaining and educational.

Alltoe ,

A Great Read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It takes one to 3 different continents with vivid descriptions of life in each. The characters, especially the narrator, are developed so sharply, the reader feels
drawn to them - like well known friends. The plot lines are wonderfully interwoven to keep the reader wanting to read on. A great book!

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