Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life

Coalition’s Reading Room, “Cutting from Stone,” by Abraham Verges (virtual)


January 5, 2024    
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

A sweeping, emotionally riveting 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 an 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 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 to America and find refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital.

When the past catches up to 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.

A Zoom link will be sent shortly before the December 8 discussion. Join us!

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