Saturday, February 7, 2009

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

Abraham Verghese read at Kepler's on Thursday, February 5th, 2009.

More than 200 fans celebrated the publication of Dr. Verghese's first novel "Cutting for Stone," the best book I have read in years.

Andre Dubus III once said that, "What's so terrifying about the writing process is that it really is an art of exploration and discovery. With all of us, not just writers, there is a sort of knowledge of the other. We have a lot more in common than we realize, and I think writing is really a sustained act of empathy. The job description for the author is to imagine the lives of others."

Nobody does that better than Dr. Verghese, his compassion, empathy and nobility are so extraordinary that this book not only provides the words of comfort, but also a place for us to go, a homeland, to which one can return. This book will stay on my night table for a long, long time -- I cannot wait to start re-reading it.

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