Cutting for Stone (recently released in paperback) is the best book that Emily Crowe has read in the past five years, and I quote:
"This extraordinary first novel had me in thrall from chapter one-- it's a rare author who can plumb the horrors of civil war and the operating theatre one moment, the vagaries of the human heart the next moment, all with equal deftness, but Verghese rises to the challenge with grace. With Surgical precision he limns his characters, treating even their flaws with compassion and a true generosity of spirit, adroitly interweaving medical techniques and philosophy into this sweeping story of family and fatherland, love and loyalty. This is the best book I've read in the last five years". ~Emily Crowe.