: Verghese (A.)

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541pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2009) 2010

Novel set in Ethiopia and New York. Twin brothers Marion and Shiva were born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon. Orphaned when their mother dies and their father disappears, they come of age in a country on the brink of revolution.

"An epic tale about love, abandonment, betrayal and redemption ... a masterpiece of traditional storytelling" San Francisco Chronicle

"The reader feels there really is something at stake - birth, love, death, loyalty" Guardian

Abraham Verghese is Professor and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He is the author of My Own Country and The Tennis Partner and lives in Palo Alto, California.