Interview with Abraham Verghese – “Cutting for Stone,”

Posted on 04 April,2017
Abraham Verghese’s moving and richly detailed epic novel “Cutting for Stone,” published last year, tells of the lives of Ethiopian twins whose fates remain forever intertwined – despite the diverging journeys the two men, both surgeons, take.

Verghese’s first novel – after the memoirs “My Own Country” (1994) and “The Tennis Partner” (1998) – was recently published in paperback (Vintage; 667 pages; $15.95), and the much-acclaimed book is back on best-seller lists. And so the physician and author who grew up in Ethiopia, then lived in New Jersey, India, Tennessee, Boston and Texas – and is now a professor of medicine at Stanford – finds himself journeying once again, crisscrossing the country on a book tour and venturing to Europe to mark the publication of his novel in foreign languages.

We caught up with Verghese by e-mail as he traveled from Boston to Spain.

Q: As a man of medicine, weren’t you aware of the harm that reading a 600-page novel can cause to one’s wrists?

A: I was more worried about my own wrists, lugging around thrice that many pages in double-spaced manuscript form! But I confess to a love of big books, the kind you don’t want to end.

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